Webster reflects on first Colorado Women’s Open performance
For the first time, she found time this year to enter – having less expectations than experience – and finished second (at 2-under par) among 96 golfers. After firing a second-round 68 that put her within three strokes of the lead and into the final group for the final round, she realized that yes, one of these days, she could win.
“I hadn’t played or practiced a whole lot this year,” said Webster, who resumed her duties by scoring a member tournament Friday. “I played a lot of tournaments as a kid and for me, the main key is my temperament. My real goal for the week was to play level-headed and not do anything too crazy.”
On Thursday’s first hole at the 6,196-yard par-72 Valley Country Club in Aurora, Webster found herself left in the trees while the two other women in her group, including champion Isabelle Beisiegel of Norman, Okla., sat comfortably in the fairway.
Webster punched out on the par-5 and had a 190-yard third shot straight into the teeth of the wind. She took out a 4-wood, centered it on the green, two putted and walked away with a par. Her competitors combined for a bogey and double bogey.
“That 4-wood will be the shot I remember,” Webster said. “If you can get a par or birdie on that first hole, you get into your round so much sooner.”
Webster, who’s been a pro at Cordillera since 1994 and head pro at the Mountain Course since 1998, said she’s not leaving for the tour anytime soon. The regional tournament is a far cry from the LPGA, but Webster, who golfed for the University of Wisconsin, said it’s changed how she thought of her golf game.
“It’s helped me in a couple different ways,” Webster said. “The members here have been congratulating me all day. But more so – and this is the real benefit – I love playing in golf tournaments. And since I’ve been a pro, this has been the biggest event.”
Thursday, Beisiegel was one of only three pros to break par under windy conditions. With putts twitching on the green from 40-50 mph gusts, Webster fired a 75 – still respectable in a field that averaged a 79. She finished eight strokes behind the winner and tied with Shannon Hanley of Littleton.
For her runner-up performance, Webster picked up a check for $3,750 and said she will be playing in the Open next year.
“Absolutely. It’s given me perspective a little bit,” she said. “I’ll probably work on my game a little bit more. I really did go play this year just to see where I’m at.”