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Campbell-Wood takes Southwest Arizona Womens Golf Championship
As Carrie Campbell-Wood stood lined up for a birdie putt on the 15th green, she noticed something peculiar. Her ball was moving.
“The ball was actually moving on the greens today,” Campbell-Wood said. “It would chatter while you're getting ready to put. It's a little unnerving when that happens.”
Campbell-Wood's putt danced around the rim and popped out and she ended up saving par.
The wind wreaked havoc on all the golfers Sunday, but Campbell-Wood pushed through, shooting a 77 en route to her third-straight Southwest Arizona Women's Golf Championship.
Campbell-Wood started the second round back one stroke of Mary Kruse who shot an 81 in the first round on Saturday. For round two the golfers teed off at 8 a.m. in the wind, rather than at noon in the sun.
“It was actually kind of fun,” Campbell-Wood said. “The wind was tough but I like playing in the wind. It makes you focus more and have to pay more attention and learn to play. It's fun, I enjoyed it. I did putt better, so that's always important.”
Campbell-Wood wasn't he only golfer whose ball was grooving on the green. While Campbell-Wood's ball was “chattering,” Kruse's was “wibbling.”
“One hole in particular I said to myself, ‘You have to hit it anyway.'” Kruse said. “That was a challenge. It was fun, it was a great day and we had a great team of gals that were really fun to play with. It was cold this morning, but you can't go wrong.”
Kruse shot 81 for the second straight day to earn first place in Flight A of the tournament.
As with any difficult weather, adjustments had to be made both physical and mental.
“I did hit some three woods off some of the tees instead of the driver,” Campbell-Wood said. “Obviously you play more club into (the wind), less club with it. Some of the holes that were with the wind, those were interesting approaches because you have to say you're going to hit two less, and believe it. That's hard to do. It's almost harder to do than take two more and believe it.”
But at the end of the day, everyone's dealing with the same issues.
“Everyone has the same opportunity so you go up there and do your best and its part of the game,” Kruse said. “You have to enjoy the game and when you have great people to play with how can you not.”