AOW: Yturralde finding his stroke on the links

July 24, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

For the first two weeks of the Imperial Valley Junior Golf Association's season, Ty Yturralde wasn't playing the way he knew he was capable of playing.

But after the second week of the season and after competing in the Police Activities League's tournament in Palm Springs, things started clicking for the 16-year-old Yturralde.

He got his game together July 13 at an IVJGA tournament at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near Holtville, winning the championship division by shooting a 69. He followed that with his second win of the season at the Lakeview golf course near Seeley, shooting a 67 Friday.

"I think what it was, was that during the weeks of the last two tournaments I kind of took my mind off golf. And I think that really helped me play better," said Yturralde, a junior at Southwest High School in El Centro. "When the (IVJGA) season started I was out of golf for like a month and just hadn't played at all. So when I got out there for those first two tournaments I struggled and I noticed just how far back I had fallen."


Within a week Yturralde found his stroke.

"The last two weeks were just a matter of me finding my swing. I've been working on some things, but mainly I've been working on my mental approach," said Yturralde. "Right now, mentally, I think I have one of my better games. Golf is such a mental game and part of that is having confidence in yourself. At first I would almost never have confidence in myself and I actually felt a little out of place when I was playing. But now I have everything together and I go out and play to win."

Yturralde's performance Friday will be his last IVJGA activity for two weeks as he heads to Europe hoping to play on some of the best courses "across the pond." He will return home Aug. 9, in time to play in the IVJGA's championship tournament the following day.

He would like to end the IVJGA season on a positive note but knows the odds will be against him.

"I'm going to be gone all that time and when I come back, it'll be like at midnight the night before the tournament and I know I'll have jet lag. So I think I'm going to have the biggest disadvantage in that tournament," said Yturralde. "But hopefully I'll be able to go in there and play like I have. But golf is such an inconsistent game that you have to realize that you're not going to have the same game every time. If you can accept that you're not always going to play good all the time, then you'll do well."

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