Life on Tour
Hope you’re all doing well, I’m doing great!
I’m happy to finally be back and play lots of tournament golf. The start of the season (4th of April) I went back to SA and played on the Sunshine Ladies Tour. I played some solid golf but just not consistent enough to get some good results. But I’ve got a T-35 on the Ladies European Tour which was a new personal best. I went back home with a satisfied feeling, ready to get some practice done at home with my new coaching team!
Yes, in the lockdown I’ve had a lot of time thinking about my game, the work that I’ve put in and the results that came out. I felt that I needed to perform better with the work I’ve been doing in the last couple of years. It was time for me to evaluate and take a closer look at myself and my coaching team. I discovered that I needed some new energy and vibes around me, so I’ve decided to split up with my coach Eric der Kinderen. I’ve tried some options with coaches and found my new current coaching team. In the past I was mostly working with one coach on every part of my game. And felt that that needed to change.
I’m really happy to have Roel Verdonschot as swing coach, working together with biomechanics coach Mikel Vos he’s also my putting coach. Than I’ve got Jeroen Krietemeijer who’s sorting out my shortgame and on course training. Jeroen van der Brink my mental Coach, and still working with Martijn van Oosterhout on my strenght and mobility.
I feel that this combination of coaches around me is a strong foundation to help me improve my game and achieve my goals. So here we are...
I’ve started the season on the Ladies European Tour pretty solid, I’ve almost got my first top 10 at the Jabra Ladies Open. I became T-12th with 4 shots of the leader. The week after I played in Belgium on the LET Access not the best golf, but solid. Four days after that event I’ve played the Big Green Egg Ladies Open at the Rosendaelsche Golf.
Playing my 1st Ladies European Tour event in front of the home crowd was so much fun and gave me a lot of energy. The weather conditions weren’t great but I’ve managed to get another good result by shooting an 69 -3 on the final day to get a T-19. These results gave me an 41th spot in the Order of Merit on the Ladies European Tour. This gave me a good chance to rerank myself in my category on the LET. The reranking will be done after the Gant Ladies Open in Finland. If I manage to stay in the top 50 OOM then I will get a reranking.
And that's what I did!
In Finland I’ve played two pretty consistent rounds of golf, really close to under par rounds. This put me on a third position going into the final round which was a bit unexpected after being in 9th place after finishing my round.
Playing in the last group in the final day was a really cool experience. I’ve played with Matilda Castren who just won her first LPGA event, because she’s from Finland the crowd was huge. I’ve never played for a crowd this big, but it gave me such a good feeling hearing the roars when you hole a long putt or hit a good shot. On the 7th I’ve holed a 35ft putt for birdie this roar gave me goosebumps, it was the coolest experience so far.
Unfortunately, I didn’t play my best golf on Saturday and a triple bogey on the 9th cost me. I did have lots of opportunities on the back nine but didn’t make any. A score of +3 brought me a T-12 for the event which was more than enough to rerank myself. I’m really proud that I’ve managed to have a good week when I needed it. The reranking got me to a new category 5a on the LET which gets me into almost every tournament on the LET. (Except for the Major’s)
This reranking was a big bonus, it changed my year completely. Knowing it was possible after a few events made me really putting some pressure on myself and I’m super proud of me and the team that we did it!
I will be home for two weeks and then I will play the Aramco Team Series at La Reserva in Spain, Sotogrande. I’m really exited for it and ready to stick to my process and keep improving my game!
Hope you’d like the read!