A triple bogey helped derail Joy Trotter’s bid to win the CN Canadian Women’s Tour – BC at Richmond Country Club this week. Joy was tied for the lead in the two day event that rewards the winner with an important exemption into the LPGA Canadian Open and a $10,000 winner’s check. Joy finished in 3rd place with a score of 70-75 (145), one shot off the winning score of 144.
Joy started the day off with a bogey on 1, followed by par’s on 2-4, before the disastrous triple bogey on the par 5, seventh. She made a bogey on eight, birdied 9, bogey on ten and then finished with birdies on thirteen and sixteen to shoot 75. A par on the seventh, a par five would have given her the victory and the exemption into the Canadian Open.
Last year Trotter had a similar experience where she was leading by three with three holes to play. Mistakenly, she got side tracked with her mental game and said to herself, “all I need to do is par in, and I will win.” She changed her strategy and promptly went bogey, par, double bogey to tie and then lose in a playoff on the third hole. A costly mistake of losing focus. The young player from Chino Hills, CA, has won 9 times on The Cactus Tour and is focused on learning how to close in big events. The positive is that she is consistently putting herself in a position TO win and therefore is working through what her coach George Pinnell, call’s “the process.”