Puerto Rico: Be Where Your Feet Are
On our flight down to Puerto Rico, Chris shared some advice with me that had been given to him by a Navy Seal. I had been complaining about how much work I had waiting for me when we got back and how overwhelmed I was feeling. That's when he stopped me and told me to "be where your feet are." At that moment, our feet were 40,000 feet in the air, in pursuit of an amazing opportunity in Puerto Rico. It is impossible to be fully committed to the present when your thoughts are in a different place. "Be Where Your Feet Are" became the theme of our trip. When we were at the course, we were preparing for the tournament or focusing on the shot at hand. But when we were done for the day, it was all about enjoying each other and the journey we were on together.
Tournament Day: I think I said "be where your feet are" at least 15 times during that round, both internally and out loud. We had a slow start and turned at 37 (+1). It took 68 (-4) the year before, so we knew we needed a really strong back nine. It would have been easy to go through the motions and let our minds wander to the next tournament, but that's not where our feet were. We had 9 holes left to battle. Chris took driver off the tee on #10 and hit it close, giving him tap in putt for eagle. In the next 4 holes, Chris had 2 more looks at eagle, both resulting in birdies. Chris played hard until the last hole and finished with a back nine 32 (-4) for an 18 hole total of 69 (-3). Unfortunately, this score was not enough to get it done.
It’s incredible how much heart and hope we put into a trip like this. 18 holes is all you get and only four guys will make it into the event. No matter how small the odds (in this case, just 5% of the field made it to the event) you go into it believing that you’re going to get it done. Anything less and you've got no business teeing it up in the first place.
Although disappointed, we made the most of our last night on the island. We showered quick and ditched the Comfort Inn motel for dinner at the Ritz. With a reservation and a 20 minute drive we made it through the gates at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Resort. I'm honestly not sure what was better, the food or the view, but Chris would probably like me to say that it was the company. Traveling for these events isn't glamorous until you make it on the PGA Tour. So in the meantime, we will continue to find creative ways to ball. See below for our view from dinner and tips from this trip.
Balling on a Budget Pro Tips:
You can get into some of the world's finest resorts by just making a dinner reservation. So save yourself the $2000/night room and just pay for drinks and an appetizer.
Get there early! Even if your reservation is later they will let you sit at the bar and soak up the views.
At the world's finest resorts, a cocktail will likely run you close to $20. Save some money and chug $1 beers from the mini mart before dinner.
Sit at the bar and make friends with the bartender. They usually have some fancy rich people bar snacks (the Ritz served fried cheese and roasted chick peas....yum)