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August 8, 2009

ON AND OFF THE COURSE: Women’s City Match Play had tough competition

TERRE HAUTE — I played in the Terre Haute Golf Association Women’s City Match Play Tournament a couple of weeks ago. It had been a couple of years since I had played in it, and I had missed three or four before that due to conflicts of schedule, so I didn’t feel like I was quite in “tournament shape,” especially mentally. You have to really want to play four days in a row, especially with those dew-sweeping early morning tee times! The lure of playing with some tough competition won out over my intense dislike for playing while still asleep, so I signed up. Besides, if Eileen Mann could get out of the house that early with a 2-year-old boy at home, it was a piece of cake for me.

The venue for the tournament was at Hulman Links, which often scares many of the women away. This year however, many of the tees on the par 4s and 5s were moved forward, making the course less daunting for some, and very playable for others. The move seemed to work. There were 37 ladies playing in the tournament this year, up from 33 last year when the event was held at Rea Park.

If you’re familiar with Hulman Links, you can visualize some of these tee placements on the par 4s and 5s: The green tees were on the forward part of the tee box for holes 1, 2, 3, 9, 12, 15, and 18. Black tees were placed in the first cut of the fairway for holes #5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, and 17. This made the course much shorter, which made it less tiring and easier for most. The forward tee that affected my play the most was on number 7, because the lake came into play for me, so I decided I should visit it in my match against Rachael Pruett. I almost saved par though, and should have, with a very makeable 5-foot putt.

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