Recently, I competed in the final regular season event on PGA Tour Latin America. It was the Jalisco Open GDL in Guadalajara, Mexico. Based on my sub-average play (by my standards) throughout the season in the events that I Monday Qualified for and was exempt into, I needed to finish Top 3 in order to qualify for the Tour Championship in Tulum, Mexico and keep my card for the following developmental season. After the first two rounds I was in a great position to do so. I stuck to my game plan of hitting fairways and greens and shot 67-68 (-7) to easily make the cut and was T-7 heading into the weekend. However, as I started to push and move up the leaderboard it only resulted in bad shots, bad scores, and ultimately me shooting 75-74 on the weekend to finish even par and T-49. It was incredibly upsetting to throw away such a great start, but with my PGA Tour LA season complete it was time for self-reflection to learn from my mistakes and be better from them in the 2nd half of my calendar year and into the future. I returned back to Hilton Head Island to play in a Rolling Red Tour event in Augusta, GA. It was my backup event to the Tour Championship if I didn't qualify. Although my return was far from easy, I ended up losing my luggage (clothes) and with a day turnaround I was not able to get to Augusta for a practice round. Once my luggage arrived (the next day) I was able to get over to Augusta (2.5 hour drive) and get prepared for my event. The event is structured as a 1 day and 2 day event over 3 days, therefore I used the shootout the first day as my practice round. On the first day I shot 72 even par and missed the money but I learned enough to shoot 68-70 (-6) the next two days to finish 5th for the event. It was great to finally get a finish at the top of the leaderboard and was fun to get the juices flowing on the back nine. However, still not what I was looking for due to me being -5 in the final round and 1 back of the lead with two to play and making a triple on my second to last hole to finish 5th. The big numbers were the negative theme in Latin America and now my Achilles heel stateside, it needed to be resolved. Once I got back from Augusta, I spent a few days off celebrating July 4th with friends which I have always noticed helps clear my mind before getting back to work with my team of coaches to find the best way to move forward and get better.
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!