ALBANY, N.Y. – I just finished up my first round of the ILOVENY Classic, the last tournament of the season. I know this event counts as much as all the rest, but the pressure seems huge. It’s like one big catfight out there this week, the claws are coming out! Let me explain.
First, you have the players trying to scratch their way into the top 10 on the money list (giving them their LPGA card). Then there are the girls already in the top 10 constantly hearing footsteps and battling to keep their spot. They’ve come this far already, they wouldn’t dream of losing it in the last week. It’s crazy though because with the hefty purse this week, anybody in the top 50 has a chance if they can weasel out a win.
On top of all that madness, don’t forget about the ladies down the list who are fighting to retain their A Status Futures Card for 2010 (that’s the top 90 on the money list). The Futures Tour average is only .6 strokes higher than the LPGA, imagine how horrifying going back to Q-School can be.
If you’ve been following my video blogs in the LPGA section of GolfChannel.com, you’ve noticed that I’ve had a decent year so far with lots of cuts, but no big wins. I’m 64th on the list and excited to have my card in the bag for next year. I feel like my game is starting to peak recently, a little too late to make top 10, but perfect timing for LPGA Q-School which starts next week. I decided to play this week to keep my game sharp and boost up my confidence. I was 4 under after 10 holes Friday (and winning the tournament) but even Ms. 64th spot felt a little pressure coming in and I ended up shooting a 71.
I’ll keep you posted on the big fight! I may not make top 10, but I still wouldn’t mind the $15,500 paycheck.