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But the Lincoln Highway tourney always meant a lot to her, she said. Part of that has to do with the scoring system. Unlike stroke play, in against-bogey a player earns no points for a bogey, one for a par or better and loses one for worse than a bogey. Some holes in the tournament are against-double bogey.
“I’ve always enjoyed the Lincoln Highway,” Heal said. “We have a lot of fun with it. We do a lot of laughing. When I was serious abut playing, in the Chicagoland area and all those tournaments, you had to play for score. Now I can play in Lincoln Highway, you don’t have that pressure – I have to make a birdie. All I have to do is beat the bogey.”
The flight structure, she said, also makes it enjoyable for everyone.
“We kind of call it a housewives tournament, and that’s kind of what it is,” Heal said. “People who have higher handicaps, they’re competing against people in their flights. They’re not competing against me, or against Emma Carpenter. They’re competing against people in their flights.”
Heal said her goals aren’t too complex regarding her future in the Ladies Lincoln Highway Tournament.
“I just don’t want to go out and embarrass myself at this point,” Heal said. “I just want to go out and do halfway good. It gets harder ... .”
“Says the woman who shot her age,” Carpenter said.
“Well,” Heal said, responding to the recent high school graduate, “that was last year.”