The season is almost halfway so time for an update about the past and the future!
4 years ago the International Olympic Comite (IOC) decided to make golf an olympic sport again in 2016 in Rio. I knew directly what my long term goal was: Make it to the Olympis!
To realize my long term goal I set myself a short term goal. I wanted to play on the highest level in Europe: The Ladies European Tour. That was actually a dream that I had since I was 13 years old. I found people who shared that dream and over the years I surrounded myself with key individuals who supported and sponsored me.
In December 2014 I gained my let card for 2015 and in December 2015 I gained the card for the 2016 season. Although the card gave me a lot less competitions than I thought. Over the past 2 years, the Tour lost almost 7 events in Europe, strongly reducing my chances to take points for the Olympic Ranking, which was quite unfortunate as I didn’t manage to score high in all the ones that did remain.
On the 11th of July the ranking closes, and there are no more tournaments between now and then, so I know for sure that I can’t go. As a sportswomen taking this seriously, it’s of course very disappointing…However as the proverb goes: “Fall seven times, get up eight”
It’s how you handle a setback that matters, so for me, I’m bouncing back by setting some new goals on the short and long term. Short term: keep my let card in the 3! LET competitions that are left this season. Mid Term: play the European Team Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, 2018. Long term: Olympics 2020 in Tokyo!
Plan of action: continue the work with the team I’ve been working with for the past years. Be patient and work my *ss of J
Next competition is the Let Access in Belgium, at Waterloo Golf Club, from the 14th till the 16th of July! Feel free to come and cheer me on.