CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Augusta University communication major and women's golf standout Jessica Haigwood competed in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif., August 5-7.
Day 1 - Practice Round
"Today was the first day of practice rounds, and I couldn't be more excited. Being here is very surreal, and I couldn't be happier. The course is in great condition, there are definitely lots of birdie opportunities out there. Can't wait for Monday to be here!" - Jessica Haigwood
Day 2 - Practice Round
"(Sunday) was the final practice round before we tee it up Monday. Everyone would think I'm nervous, but I'm not. I'm confident in myself and my game that things will work out." - Jessica Haigwood
Day 3 - Round 1 Stroke Play
"As I completed my first round of qualifying, I couldn't help but laugh at my scorecard: all pars and two doubles and no birdies. It was a boring round with silly mistakes. Tomorrow will be better I know it. But first, I'm going to clear my head by going to the beach!" - Jessica Haigwood
Day 4 - Round 2 Stroke Play
"I had fun, but I was really stressed out. I hit the ball really well but just couldn't figure out how to manage the rough as well as the wind. And that really hurt me.
So, I would have a perfect shot, but the wind would really hurt me. I'd be short or I'd be long. And then it would be hard to make a two putt. With the rough, I would have an easy shot to the green. But (with) the rough, I didn't know what kind of club to hit. So, I would take the club I thought (I should play) and I would fly the green. And that would be a tough shot to chip back.
It's just been a learning experience and kind of how to manage the course as well.
I thought I would have a competent and strong mental game, but I really didn't this time because it was just hard to bounce back and fight off the wind and rough.
Overall I'm really happy and I've learned a lot and I'm going to mentally, you know, kind of prepare for Q School. I think this is a great learning experience for that." - Jessica Haigwood