A bogey-free 7-under 65 in the Carolina Golf Classic first round has Britney Yada (Hilo, Hawaii) one shot back of the lead. The performance is her lowest round of the 2021 season.
“It feels really good. I haven't been having the best year so I feel like this boosted my confidence a little bit,” said Yada. “I just hit some really good iron shots in there and I didn’t really make too many [long] putts because I was hitting it so close. Hopefully my irons will be good again tomorrow and the rest of the week.
While Yada has only made seven cuts in 12 starts this season, she knows her game is there. Just last year she claimed five wins on the Cactus Tour and keep in mind other winners last season include major champion Sophia Popov, Solheim Team USA Member Mina Harigae and three-time major champion Anna Nordqvist.
“I was money leader last year for ‘COVID season’ Cactus Tour 2020. That was fun and I think I kind of need to channel my inner cactus on the Epson Tour,” said Yada. “I did that today. I kind of tried to relax a little more. Sometimes we put too much pressure on ourselves out here especially on this tour cause everyone is trying to get to the next level but we just kind of got to relax and be patient.”