A total of 95 young people from 10 countries competed in the International Junior Golf Tournament in Lima, Peru last week and Micaela Ruidias was one of those players. Prior to leaving for Lima, Micaela dedicated about 30 hours over her winter break to what she called immersion training with me. We had some cold days in there but she trained by herself and with other junior golfers. When she was not with me, she played golf to identify issues in her mental game and course management.
Micaela tied for 13th place after three days of play shooting under 80 each time. This was a goal she was working towards so it was definitely something to celebrate on a personal level. Additionally, she recognized that she could have done even better had she tightened up some approach shots and her putting.
While she enjoyed playing in her home country, now she is looking forward to playing some tournaments on the SFPGA Medalist Tour and balancing the academic demands of her schedule at American Heritage High School.