In the first of a new regular series of columns from Golf At Goodwood, Holly Aitchison looks forward to the US Women’s Open
She writes: With just a week to go until the biggest event of my career, the US Women’s Open, my preparation has been going well.
I’ve been very busy preparing off-course as well as on-course. There’s a lot of planning that goes into competing at such a big event and I’ve been trying to make sure every detail has been covered.
I’ve just returned from Amsterdam, where I was playing in the Deloitte Ladies’ Open. Although I wasn’t delighted with my overall result, my opening-round 71 gave me something to work with from the weekend.
Heading to America, it is very easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds such a big tournament but I am treating it just like any other and despite lining up alongside the world’s best golfers, including Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and defending champion Michelle Wie, I am solely concentrating on my own game.
With regards to my golf, I’ve been working hard on getting a consistent shot, getting a little more height and squeezing out a little more distance. I’ve paid particular attention to hitting my irons closer and getting my putting on top form.
It is very easy to get caught up in the hype that surrounds such a big tournament but I am treating it just like any other.Holly Aitchison
Playing 6,850 yards, the Lancaster Country Club will be a step up in distance and this is something my coach and I have given special attention to.
The course will be playing long, although I won’t really know how it’s playing until I get there and have a practice round to see how soft/hard it is.
I’ve played Goodwood a few times off the back tees to get as much preparation playing long courses as possible.
* The Women’s US Open takes place from July 9 and 12 at Lancaster Country Club and to follow Holly’s progress, see www.2015uswomensopen.com or follow @hollyaitchison on Twitter
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