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Golf National Tournament Journal: Nerves on First Day



May 15, 2013 - Brevard Community College freshman golfer Arthur Leonard is competing along with his teammates in the NJCAA Division I Men's National Championship Tournament in Lubbock, TX this week, and is relating his experiences in a daily journal. Here is his first report.

Finally it's the first day of the tournament. I have been nervous since we left on Saturday because this is the big one for us. So far the week has been incredible. I imagine this is what a PGA Tour event feels like with the two practice rounds and the banquet the night before the first day.

My tee off time was 2:42 p.m. on Tuesday and I absolutely couldn't wait to hit that first shot. I felt very well prepared and that my game is in great shape. I enjoy the course and I think it suits us as a team.

On Tuesday I shot a 76, which is disappointing because I played much better than I scored. Just a couple mistakes cost me a lot. I am really looking forward to Wednesday. Hopefully I can score better.