So after a crazy week in Vegas, it was now time to shine. It was time to prove myself that I can keep up with a field of 120 pros at the Memorial Championships. My preparation was pretty short since I arrived in Arizona on Monday afternoon. I only got in one round of practice in at Fountain Hills and two at Vista del Camino. Not the ideal amount of practice time for a national tour event by any means. Anyways, I was feeling good and I’ve been playing nonstop for the past two weeks so practice was definitely not my problem, so I thought. I was soon proven wrong, especially on the very technical and tricky course at Fountain Hills.
The event started pretty good for me with a smooth 10 under par at Vista del Camino course. The conditions were great and I was in the groove to just play my game. The second round on the other hand was one of the craziest rounds I’ve ever played because the wind picked up for the later tee times which made it a whole new game for us. Besides having some problems with reading the wind correctly on a course, I’ve only played the course once. When I looked back at the video footage I feel like my shot selection was not always the correct ones. This is one thing I really want work on throughout the upcoming season.
I shot at two under par that round which still kept me in the hunt for a good finish and the tournament was only half way over. So being a little frustrated from the second round but willing to come back and finish strong, I went in to the third round. The third round was a typical “not great but not terrible” round, shooting a decent 8 under par putting me on to third card for the final round at Fountain Hills.
Now this, this round might be the craziest round I’ve ever played. We literally got down poured on. The rain was continuous and lightning storm was so bad, not only we had to stop the round for two hours, but also the 15th hole fairway turned into a small river where you could seriously lose your disc.
I honestly did not believe that this last round would be finalized since the conditions were so crazy and the 15th teebox was 3 feet under water. Well, after waiting for quite some time, the teepad eventually reappeared and everybody agreed on finishing the tournament. I had a great finish scoring a 7 under par. I finished in a tie for 7th place and I am pretty happy about that but knowing that I can definitely do better. My goal was top ten and I had achieved my goal. On Sunday after the tournament the crew and I had a great time at a San Francisco Giants Baseball game.
So the tour continues from here and we are now on the way to check out the Grand Canyon! The tour has now officially begun and there are so many incredible things to share with you guys these upcoming weeks. This week will stay in memory for sure and I can’t wait to experience the next adventures this country has to offer! A true memorable Memorial.
Here’s my round two video with Jared Roan, David Wiggins and Keith Russom by McFlySoHigh. Check his videos!