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End of Year Blog with Our Brand Ambassador- Gabrielle Macdonald

As the end of 2020 approaches, I have been reflecting on what has been a strange and difficult year for everyone. This time last year I had just finished my first season as a professional and was excited about progressing in 2020. I headed out to South Africa in February where despite tasting victory in the team event, I then went on and missed the next 3 cuts. It was a loss of form that took me admittedly by surprise, much like the Covid-19 pandemic and the unexpected turn my season took after I got home from South Africa. Event after event got postponed or cancelled, as the world and global travel came to a standstill. During the initial lockdown, not being able to play golf for around 11 weeks was hard but nothing compared to what some people were going through, and thankfully those in my family who caught the virus have now recovered. 

As the summer rolled on and restrictions were eased, there was light at the end of the tunnel for myself and fellow golf professionals in Scotland as Paul Lawrie announced a new mixed gender Tartan Tour. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to compete again after 4-5 months without tournaments. I managed to play in 3 events before the Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) season resumed with a reduced schedule of 5 events. It was a credit to the Tour and tournament sponsors for managing to put any events on for us, and I know we are all so grateful the opportunities we had this year. I played in Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Spain and although we were in tournament bubbles with strict Covid-19 protocols it was fantastic to be back doing my job. I had some success with two top 25s and a career best of 3rd place in Prague. This gave a chance of finishing inside the top 5 on the Order of Merit, which would have given me status for the main Ladies European Tour. Unfortunately, two missed cuts in Spain saw me finish 13th on the OOM. It was a disappointing finish to my season but putting myself in these positions shows I’m on the right track towards reaching my goals. 

Since returning home I have been practicing at Craigielaw and working on my fitness again. I have been trying to run 100km a month since November and have also returned to the gym to improve my strength and power which will hopefully lead to distance gains on the golf course. With all this exercise, I’ve been needing to recover properly, and it has been fantastic to go for massages at Pure Spa. It definitely helps with my recovery and eases muscle soreness. 

I’m planning on heading to South Africa in February to start my 2021 season, and with the vaccine beginning to be rolled out, I’m hopeful for a more normal looking golf calendar in the year to come. Until then, I will be getting into the Christmas spirit by thanking those who have helped me this year and sending (virtual) hugs to all my family and friends. I am hoping to spend Christmas Day with my family relaxing and eating lots of delicious food! We would normally have a big family party between Christmas and New Year but as it’s not possible this year I might have to go on a few more walks in order to see extended family. 

I would like to say a big thanks to Pure Spa for their continued support and wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas. Cheers to a better year to come.

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