Mary Grace Davidson

2019 Season Starts with a 2nd place finish on the STPGA Junior Tour

(January 13, 2019) - I played my first tournament of the year, which is always a challenge, but it's always good to get a fresh start each year. The day before the tournament was the first time I truly swung a club in almost 6 weeks. I had been nursing a small injury, a micro tear in my Achilles' tendon, before I could fully rotate. I almost forgot how good it could feel to swing a club and play some great golf.

The course was in great shape even though it was 37 degrees when we teed off. The wind was a bit rough at times but settled down by the middle of the round. This was my first time to play Vaaler Creek Golf Course. We played from the white tees at about 5,800 yards.

I also got the chance to play with Georgia Nunn from Fredericksburg. We have played together and it is always a fun round when we are together. I found out that Georgia has committed to play golf for Coach Spenkoch at Trinity University in San Antonio.

I also am trying out a new recording system for keeping track of my stats, so I was juggling quite a few things during the round. I'll write more about the new stat-keeping later. It's called Decade/Birdie Fire and it looks like it will really help my game. More about it as I learn how to use it better.

So, for being the first tournament of the season, playing a new course, coming back from a slight injury, and learning a new system for keeping stats, plus being cold and windy, I wasn't sure how I would score. But after a difficult start, I settled into a decent round, good enough to finish second in a small field of seven girls. Proud of myself for the great start. Plus I earned 300 points toward the tour championship.

Next week it's on to Onion Creek Country Club, birthplace of the Legends Senior golf tour. I'm looking forward to the TJGT Qualifer Series tournament.

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