Angela Buzminski of Oshawa, Ont., still has a date at LPGA Tour qualifying school, but it’s not as intimidating as it once was for Buzminski, who credits a swing change to stack-and-tilt for an improved showing this year.
After finishing 64th on the Duramed Futures Tour money list in 2008, Buzminski rocketed up the standings to seventh this year, a season in which she won once and had five top-10 finishes to earn conditional LPGA Tour status. She hopes to improve on that at Q-school.
Buzminski first began working on the stack-and-tilt with coach Jeff Gschwind in February, 2008, “I sucked for so long. I’m being honest,” she said.
“I just wasn’t getting it done,” said Buzminski, who played full-time on the LPGA Tour in 2002. “It was inconsistent, I’d shoot 60-something one day and then, I could just as easily turn around and shoot 83.
“You swing one way for however many years and then decide the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, so I had to make the jump to try and do something different,”
The first order of business, she said, was getting ready for Q-school last year, when she tied for 25th, just short of a full-time card. This year, she felt more comfortable with the stack-and-tilt on the Futures Tour.
“I wasn’t constantly thinking about golf swing on the golf course,” said Buzminski, who goes directly to the final stage of this year’s Q-school.