Golf: After missing much of season at Georgia, Sylvie Brick eager to get back to business
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media July 2, 2014 7:48PM
Sylvie Brick | File photo
Updated: July 3, 2014 2:15AM
After suffering a back injury in early February, Sylvie Brick found herself on the bench.
The University of Georgia golfer and Marian Catholic grad wasn’t allowed to play. Doctor’s orders.
Five months later, Brick is getting back to business.
On Monday, Brick will compete at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifying at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood. Her threesome is scheduled to tee off from the first tee at 9:10 a.m.
“I have worked really hard both on and off the course to prepare my back and golf game for all of my summer tournaments,” Brick said. “I’m still not 100 percent, but I look at Monday as an opportunity to assess my golf game. If I play a solid round of golf like I know I am capable of, there is no reason I shouldn’t be in contention to qualify.”
From a field of 67, just seven golfers will advance from Monday’s qualifier to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, which begins Aug. 4 at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, New York.
Since suffering the back injury in February, it has been a slow, steady process for Brick to get back on the course. She eased back into the game, working with instructor John Perna at The Players Service while also plugging away at physical therapy.
The time away from the sport has impacted her rhythm, but she knows that will come with time.
Being familiar with Ravisloe’s course, Brick is psyched for Monday’s qualifier.
“For the most part I like where my game is at right now,” Brick said. “There’s no doubt I’m still a little rusty, but only time and tournament play will help, another reason why I’m looking forward to Monday.”
Brick has competed in one tournament since her recovery and said her results weren’t what she wanted. As she continues to work throughout the summer with her junior season at Georgia ahead Brick can’t wait to see what’s next.
“Playing at Georgia has been the best experience,” Brick said. “Because of my injury, I wasn’t able to play in every tournament, but it has only made me want to work harder. The time off made me hungry, made me realize how much I love playing golf.
“Come August, I’ll be ready to play for my team.”