From Friday's Lesson:
Love watching AA and Coach Anne during lessons!
We had a busy week with Ford's Birthday, Alyzabeth sleeping over at her sister's Leaa's house over Veteran's Day. We used Ford's birthday gift - a waffle iron and they were pretty good. I used the Bisquick recipe as that is what I had on hand. We will be looking for a fluffier recipe with buttermilk (I did perfect a revised recipe by adding baking powder and buttermilk to the Bisquick recipe).
Now that we have been scheduling lessons regularly (since September), I think AA is enjoying her lessons, knowing that she gets to come back! This is something she really loves, so we are happy to see her enjoying a different activity.
The second day was much nicer as Alyzabeth and her Caddie now knew what the course looked like. It has many blind spots, with sloping fairways and very long side bunkers. The weather was slightly better, with more clouds and the wind was not blowing at every hole! AA improved her score by 6 strokes and had no penalties. She would have benefited from playing here a few times before the tournament. We need to set up practice rounds at the courses that are "new" to AA on the tournament schedule.
Day 2 - AA was paired with the 4th place player (Ethan) while the top three boys were in the next tee time. Many positives about AA's game - 18 putts for the nine holes yesterday and today. Her drives had more roll today and she didn't "leave alot of strokes" on the course. Jack Aschenbach's report on the Foundation players is at the end (below). AA did receive the Girls Foundation trophy, but not the points for first/last place. She received 5th place points in the Foundation Boys division.
This was the first time playing the Amelia National Course and boy did it give AA some challenges; it is known as being a very tough course. Coupled with the wild, gusty winds all day, everyone had some trouble. Since AA had never played this course, there was much guessing and unknowns due to the high, rolling "dunes" through out the fairways. AA did par one hole and did stay to her goal of less than 20 putts (she made only 18), which was great! The 2622 yards was the issue; AA's drives are not what the larger kids have. Slight disadvantage but she has a good short game. She played with Jack and Ethan (lessons at Magnolia Point), both boys we have known from other tournaments. Both Caddie-Dads were pleasant and complimentary of AA keeping up with them. Very nice families.
Coach Anne Cain (WGV PGA Academy) stopped by to watch three of her students and she took a photo of the three of us: