Savannah Vilaubi needed to make it feel like moving day on the penultimate day of the LPGA Q Series. With six laps under his belt, it would have been easy for Vilaubi to rest on his laurels and get overwhelmed by pressure exhaustion to get his LPGA Tour card for the first time. And after hovering around the top 45 bubble and ties before Saturday, Vilaubi went up a notch, posting a 5 under 67 to sit tied for 34th with the final day ahead of her.
“I keep telling myself that it’s not foreign, it’s not something I’ve never experienced before, so I think today it was just about transcending the emotions I was feeling to be able to focus on the shot, “said Vilaubi, who birdied five in his bogey-less effort. “But now it’s like, Oh my God, phew, I’m ready for a beer.”
Last June, Savannah Vilaubi edged out competition at the Colorado State Open to win by five strokes. And she did it in style. Vilaubi’s victory included a second round of 64, which tied the course record and was below any Symetra Tour lap she has ever produced since becoming a member in 2016. She said she was using a similar mindset to Dothan like she did this summer, and that works in her favor.
âSo I think the mindset is very, very similar and I felt really prepared. The Colorado State Open felt like a really big step to me, I finished second on Symetra this year, which was the I’m getting more and more familiar with being closer to the top, which is what we want, so I feel like I’m really prepared for these two weeks.
Vilaubi, who has won three Cactus Tour events in the past two years, had his best result on the Symetra Tour last season, tied for second place in the Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship. After finishing No.31 in the Race for the Card rankings this year, she is hoping that the day after tomorrow, she will earn CME Globe points in 2022 instead.
âToday was moving day and I did what I had to do and tomorrow we’re just going to play regularly and be patient. Patience is the absolute name of the game for Q-School weeks, âVilaubi said. âIt’s a chore. Like you said, everyone feels it and whoever is the most patient and can stay calm to hit punches wins. Patience is therefore the key.