This was Nalani’s first year qualifying for the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. So, both girls played. The challenge for us was that the girls played different golf courses almost 40 minutes drive (in no traffic) from each other. Of course, the morning tee times did not help.
We decided to stay at Sycuan, where Nalani would play because they have a range and practice facilities, and we’d be staying right on the golf course. Since I would have to drive Kayla to Lomas Santa Fe, that would leave Paul and Nalani without a car. With rush hour traffic, it took us an hour to get to Lomas Santa Fe the first morning. The next morning, we gave ourselves more time luckily because traffic was even worse due to an accident. Both days, Kayla didn’t get much of a chance to warm up her putting and even fell asleep on the 2nd day’s commute. So, she didn’t have her ideal rounds. By the 3rd day, we took a different route arriving early enough for Kayla to warm up and she posted one of the lowest 3 scores of the day. Both girls finished well with Kayla taking 15th place and Nalani T19.
We seem to learn something new each year. Since this was the first time we had 2 children playing, we learned that we’ll need to juggle the schedule better and wake a bit earlier for warm ups in case of traffic. Mental game took a toll on the girls however. I think Kayla struggled for the most part knowing she could post a lower score and put too much pressure on herself, affecting her round of golf. Mastering mental game is something they’ll learn as they grow we hope.