One of the signs that your game has moved to the next level is being able to gut out a score when you don’t have your best stuff. Tiger Woods used to call it winning with his ‘B’ game. He got grief for that in the media. But those who understand golf know that the greatest have always been able to find a way when their games are less than sharp.
Katelyn Dambaugh, who finished tied for second last week at the Guardian Championship in Alabama, is beginning to understand that feeling. “I’ve done a lot of ball-striking work back at home,” the 26-year-old said. “Last week in my second-place finish I really saw improvement in my ball striking.”
Her ball striking wasn’t as sharp in the first two rounds of the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. But she was still able to put up scores of 71-73 on a difficult Mystic Creek Golf Club to enter the final round even par and tied for seventh.
“It’s frustrating knowing how many shots I missed,” the University of South Carolina alumna said. “But knowing that my not-so-good game has left me in contention is a good thing. That bodes well for the future.
“You have to be patient,” she said, speaking of the difficulty of Mystic Creek. But the quote could apply to her career in professional golf. “But I love this. I’d much rather have this kind of difficult course than the type of golf course where everybody is shooting 65 every day. This type of golf course separates you a little bit (from the field). You have to think. It requires strategy. And I love that.”