It was our first Forest Hills Ladies Federation league tournament for the season and it was going to be an away game for us against Manila Southwoods. We had practiced at Southwoods a couple of days before the match and despite a 3 hour drive because of a vehicular accident at south super highway and a nasty root canal, I had managed a decent 10-over practice round.
The night before the tournament I kept waking up every couple of hours thinking, “Is it time to get up yet????” I was excited, nauseous and on edge.
The games begin. “ Best Ball format. On the Tee, from Forest Hills, Monique Ignacio…” I walk up to the tee mound. Tuned everyone out. I tell myself - Routine. Routine. Two practice swings. Look down at the target. I take away my driver slowly, turn my back unto the target and swing away. Of course I hit a horrible tee shot into the rough. What the fuzz???? “Please oh please, let this not be a prelude to the rest of my game….” I mutter under my breath. I look at my playing partner Jonah hit her second shot onto the green. We win the first hole. Whew. Next hole please….
It was a close match. Forest Hills would lead by 2 up only to loose the next hole to Southwoods. “One shot at a time, one hole at a time….” This was all I could think of. Finally after grueling hours under the sun we get to hole 17 leading by one up. My only thought was to make sure we protected our lead and not give the hole away. “Focus Monique!!!” Then I glanced at the gallery and saw my Forest Hills teammates all ready to cheer. How comforting and exciting at the same time. The only thought I had was… “ You better not let your team down!” Focus! I turn my attention to the Southwoods ladies and realize they are already on the green putting for birdie. Meanwhile I am still outside by the fringe.
OH MY BEATING HEART. Be still please! I take out my wedge and pitched it within tap in range. YES!!!!!!
We won our Best ball match by one up. Meanwhile the rest of the Forest Hills team did well in the other formats to secure a 3-1 mastery of Southwoods. What a wonderful away game opening for the season for Forest Hills!
|Forest Hills at home game against Manila Southwoods|