White Oakposted Mar 9, 2013, 5:39 PM by Kerri Mann
Canongate course at White Oak. The weather was so much nicer than it has been the last 2 Saturdays. There was no rain, and the temperatures were much warmer.
Brodie had a higher level of competition this week, with more experienced competitors, so we knew it might be a tough one. Also, the sand traps were a little crazy!
But, he started out great and was playing well until the 6th hole. After his ball landed in the lake, Brodie lost his focus. He felt defeated and couldn't get out of his "head". He was so mad and frustrated he didn't even try on the last 3 holes.
This was a first for him.
Usually, he can pull himself back out of it and recover, but today he basically gave up.
He managed to finish in the top 5, barely, at 5th place.
Had he not thrown in the towel, he was in line to finish 2nd or 3rd.
We had a chat with him after and emphasized that it does not matter to us what place he finishes, as long as he tries his best. We also talked about ways to deal with frustration between holes.
He loves the game so much, and is such a perfectionist. He expects to be as good as players who have been on this tour for 3 years, but we keep reminding him he is just getting started and has to give it some time.