Big 12 Championship diary: Shannon Fish
April 25, 2009
Hello from the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship,
Today was the second day of the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship here in Lubbock. Yesterday was pretty brutal, because the wind gusted all day long and sometimes reached roughly 35 miles per hour. Today was a little better because the wind was more consistent, especially compared to the first half of our round yesterday. The wind was coming from the same direction as on Friday, and that helped us with our club selection because we had battled those same elements yesterday. I just transferred my club selection from yesterday to today, and was more confident standing over my shots.
This course – The Rawls Course – is a links-style course, and it offers a lot of risk-reward holes. At the same time, all shots can take a funny bounce, and sometimes you get breaks that you don’t necessarily agree with. However, you can sometimes hit a shot that you don’t think is going to turn out that well, but you end up on the green because of something happening in your favor. It’s give-and-take out there. Today, there were really good shots that I didn’t get rewarded for, but there were some mediocre shots I hit that turned out really well.
Compared to two birdies yesterday, I came away with five today. Maybe it was because the wind wasn’t as gusty, but my putting definitely improved today, too. Today I had just two three putts compared to six yesterday. Putting was a huge factor.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves for this tournament because it’s the Big 12 Championship. But, it’s really exciting for us because it’s a good time to shine and show how we step up for tournaments like this. I’ve always thought that we were a team that could step up in situations like this, and we proved that today.
Tomorrow is going to be a lot about measuring the wind and remembering what has happened the past two days. We’re just going to have to use the knowledge we’ve gained from this course and our styles of play to our advantage.