My most recent trip consisted of me playing in three events over three weeks. I played in two GPro Tour events in Greenville, NC and Martinsville, VA as well as the Delaware Open in Ocean View, DE. The first event in Greenville, NC was not so much fun on the golf course as I shot 73-71 and missed the cut by one, but it was a fun one for me off the golf course for many reasons. I had the opportunity to stay with my grandparents who live in Greenville and was lucky enough to have my dad and girlfriend both travel in to watch me play and compete. One silly triple bogey in the first round set me back and made it harder for me, but was able to rally and get back to 1 shot outside the cut line as I played my last hole of the second round prior to the cut. I hit a great drive just short of the green, but was not able to get my chip up and down to make the cut. It definitely stung but in Pro golf that will happen from time to time you just have to keep moving forward and cleaning up the mistakes.
I then traveled from Greenville, NC to Martinsville, VA for one of the GPro Tour Major Championships. After playing well in the practice round and having clear weather for the week I was ready to go. I shot 68-64-68 (-10) T-4 on a very tricky golf course, especially on the fast sloped greens. It was great fun to be at the top of the leaderboard on the final day and I ended up missing out on a playoff by 1 shot. It was still a great result although I was looking to get the win, but continuing to put together great finishes is what I am looking to do heading into the rest of the fall.
After finishing up in Virginia, I drove home to Pennsylvania and visited with my mom, dad and sister and some extended family who was in town for a weekend as well as my friends from high school who I get to see a couple times a year. It was a great reset break in the middle of a trip prior to heading to the Delaware beaches to play and compete in the DE Open. I headed down to the beach to play my practice round with some friends and was able to put together a very nice round with a couple hole outs which gave me some great mojo heading into the event. I started out well, but did not shoot nearly what I could have in the first round. I shot 68 (-4) hitting all 14 fairways, all 18 greens, two 3 putt pars along with 35 putts in windy conditions. 35 putts is far more than my average of around 28-29 and was the culprit of not having a lower score. The next day I finally got some putts to fall and shot 68-69 to finish the event at -11 and in 3rd place. It was a fun week consisting of lots of positives, especially battling back in the final round after starting +3 to shoot -3 (-6 in my last 15 holes with two eagles). It was also great to have one of my friends from back home, Ryan, caddie for me at the event - it definitely made the week more enjoyable. Upon finishing the event I headed back to Hilton Head Island and have since been working hard on my putting and maintenance of my long game and wedge game.
Looking forward to getting going in my next event in Rock Hill, SC in a couple weeks!
Author - Evan Brown
I have created this Blog post page on my website to keep everyone updated on my successes, failures, and everything in between. I am excited to take you all along with me on my journey through the various levels and stages of professional golf, as it takes place. I hope that everyone will read, comment and make this an interactive space for all!