When it was time to sign up for the US Open Qualifier I didn't know what site to pick. I had played the one in Houston with no success (and horrible course set-up), so I didn't want to go back there. I had also played the qualifier outside of Washington DC, but that seemed to be a long trip for a one day event. So I decided on going to Chicago this year and it turned out to be a great choice!
I flew in Saturday night and stayed with a couple I got to know during the pro-am in Palm Springs earlier this year. Cathy and Ed are great people and we had a blast during my days in the Chicago area! Cathy showed me around the town Sunday morning and I got to see the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. There are only seven such "temples" in the world and it was an amazing structure.
I was supposed to play a practice round that afternoon, but strong thunderstorms stopped me after only 4 holes. I managed to play a few more holes when they had passed, but chose to trust that my local caddy, Ken, would be able to guide me around the ones I didn't get a chance to see. That was a good decision as Ken was a great caddy and did a wonderful job on Monday! I played really well during the first round (-5), but the pace of play was horrible and we didn't even get a chance to eat a sandwich between the rounds. So we went straight from the 18th green to the first tee and it didn't take long for me to lose focus out there. I brought a lot of snacks, but nothing can take the place of a real meal... Strong winds throughout the day made sure that no one went low during the second round and I made it to the US Open despite an awful afternoon.
I'm really excited to be back playing the US Open after missing to qualify for the event the past two years. Everyone tells me that Broadmoor is an amazing course and that Colorado Springs is beautiful, so it should be a fun week!!!
Thu, May 26, 2011
by Karin Sjodin