Chip Shots: Ember Schuldt
Aug. 30, 2014
1st day of play: I was able to get a solid start to the week today shooting a 1-over 73 on the Arnold Palmer Course. It was a pretty boring day on the course with 16 pars, 2 bogies and 1 birdie. Thankfully, I had an early tee time today and was able to get done before the heat set in. Hoping to have 3 more rounds like today to get through this week. My dad and I also went up the mountain here in Palm Springs on the tram!! It took us up 12,000 feet! And it was a beautiful 65 degrees up on top of the mountain where we could see up to 50 miles away!
2nd day of play: Rough day. 76 today, with 2 doubles on the card. I could not seem to settle into my round on the Dinah Shore Course. It was a very up and down back 9 with only 3 pars on the card. Not the boring golf I was hoping for from yesterday. I was able to head to the range afterwards and figure a couple of things out for the next two days.
3rd day of play: Another 73 today on the Palmer course. I am very happy with the comeback. The putter saved me today…I think I made about 5 putts of about 8 feet today for pars. Can you say nerve racking? I have to apologize to my dad for aging him a few years today! LOL. I also switched up the tunes today while I warmed up; sometimes I get a little superstitious. I felt I needed some pump up jams to get me ready for the day and it worked! I’m thinking tomorrow might be the same playlist. One more round to go on the Dinah Shore course where I am hoping to get some revenge!
Final day of play: I did it!!! I’m moving on to the next stage of qualifying school which will be at the end of September. I shot an even par on the Dinah Shore Course. I can’t tell you the last time I had more than 1 bunker shot in a round…today I had 5!! The short game was great today, I was able to get 4/5 sand saves as well as 2/3 up and downs on the day. Over the course of the week I was able to learn a lot about myself and my game. I give a lot of credit to playing 4 years at U of I for being able to grind out rounds even when your best stuff is not there. In the next month leading up to the next stage I will be practicing a lot of short to mid-iron shots as well as those 10-15 footers. I will need to make a few more birdies in the next stage. I look forward to the challenge and competition!
Thank you for all the support! GO ILLINI!!! OSKEE WOW WOW!!!