Crunch Time

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we are in the third week of the new year and the LPGA season is starting next week! Luckily I have found time to relax, spend time with friends and family, work on my game, and, of course, do some traveling these past two months. I leave for the Pure Silk Championship on Monday in the Bahamas but thought I would check in with everyone to let you know what I’ve been doing and tell you what is coming up.

I started the off season doing more traveling than I would have liked, but when you aren’t lugging that golf bag thru the airport it all just seems so much easier. I went and visited friends in Austin and Ft. Worth and am happy to announce that I will be relocating next fall to Ft. Worth. While I have loved my time in Florida and think it was the absolute best place for me to spend my first three years out of college, it is time for me to move on. While I know I can’t live in South Dakota, becuase, you know, its probably -12 right now, I can live in Texas and it is as close as I can get to feeling like home.  I have so many of my best friends there and being close to the Texas Tech family is a big draw.  Logistically it is centrally located in the U.S. and it doesn’t get much better than the DFW airport; direct flights nearly everywhere including Sioux Falls. I’m joining a fantastic golf course that I think can play a big role in improving my game with both bermuda and bent grass greens. (FYI: I am not going to miss those sand based bermuda ranges. I prefer to practice my fairway and bunker shots separately.) I can also drive over to Lubbock and catch a football game if I am lucky enough to be home in the fall. I will dearly miss some extremely good friends I have made in Florida, but I know I will be happier in Ft. Worth.

I spent the Christmas holiday at home in Clark and did a whole bunch of nothing. My goal over break was to take some good blog photos but a photo of me and the family fighting over the best cookies and playing cards isn’t exactly riveting. While it may not have been an instagram worthy holiday I could’t think of a better place to spend a week away from the golf course and the craziness that will begin again this coming week.

I’m currently on a flight from Phoenix to Orlando. I spent the past week in Phoenix first at a Vision54 training camp for three days, and then two days working with my coach. I was first exposed to Vision54 in college and have used it to work on my mental game quite often from then on. I have a couple really good friends that are very into it and have always bounced ideas off of them but decided it was time that I finally go and do the entire course myself. I’m really excited to add these coaches to my team and equally excited to see it pay off this year.

Since I was already in Phoenix, Todd decided it was easier to just come there and do a couple days of fine tuning before the first event. We put in some long days but got a lot of things done. Everything is always a bit rusty when first coming back, but after this 5 day golf bootcamp I think I am officially ready to go.

I have to thank all of my sponsors for sticking with me for 2016. Sutton Bay, Metalloid, Sanford Health, Callaway, Titleist, Footjoy, and Animo clothing. I truly couldn’t do this without all of your help!

I hope everyone is excited to follow along this season! If you have a cell phone and don’t have the LPGA app, you need to get it! If you live in the stone age, I’m sorry, but you can still follow along on the LPGA website. ;)  I also started an instagram account over break to help share my journey through photos: @KimKaufmanGolf. This is the same as my Twitter account, so feel free to follow either!
Upcoming travel: Bahamas, Ocala, FL, Australia, Thailand, Singapore.

 

Happy New Year!

KK

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This kid was cracking me up.

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Bahamas trip for the LPGA.

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The whole crew!

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Yeah, these pigs are swimming.

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Yoga in Austin is like eating Mexican food in Mexico.

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Joe T. Garcia’s with the best crew ever…

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I did find some snow over break eventually..

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Fun dinners in Winter Park. :)

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Coach Emily even made a pit stop in Orlando this offseason. :))

2015 – Done!

After 28 events and endless weeks on the road I can finally say I have completed my first FULL season on the LPGA tour.  I write this blog from a Starbucks in Florida where I am enjoying a nice day off after a long and grueling season.

Last time I wrote I had just had my best finish ever on the LPGA.  I have since played two more events; one in Japan and the CME tour championship in Naples, FL.  A lot has happened in the last few week sand I have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks as well.

We left windy China and headed to the small resort in rural Japan where we play the Toto Japan Classic – a three day event co-sanctioned with the JLPGA.  We were fortunate to have amazing weather and great course conditions, which after the previous four weeks of terrible heat and wind I think we deserved a pleasant week. :) I played relatively solid and finished the week at 6 under par.  It sounds good, but in Japan that finished me about middle of the pack. It’s just a course that provides so many opportunities for birdies.  The winner is always nearly 20 under par.

After five straight weeks in Asia I made the trek back to America and enjoyed a few days in Florida adjusting to the time change, and then a very fun weekend in Lubbock, TX with some of my favorite former teammates.  We played some golf, took in the football game, and just enjoyed being back in Lubbock where we spent four good years playing golf and going to school.  It was some much needed R & R after the Asia stretch.

I drove to Ft. Meyers on Monday morning and picked up Todd from the airport on the way.  I met up with my  new caddie and played a quick nine late that afternoon. I hired a new caddie for the week of CME after Worth and I parted ways in Japan.  Sometimes you just need a change and I felt that was the case in Asia.  I had a great time with my new caddie and I hired her to start the season with me next year.

I didn’t play as well as I would have hoped, but I wasn’t hitting the ball very well so I probably shot about what I should have.  Nonetheless, it is an amazing feeling to walk off that last green on Sunday and know that we have a couple of weeks of no golf!  As much as I love the game and playing for a living, a few weeks off is such a treat after a long year.

Overall, I felt it was a great year.  I worked very hard on changing my putting and after months of work I finally feel very comfortable on the green.  My short game stats have all improved immensely from the beginning of the year.  My focus next year will be my ball striking and my mental game.  No matter what level we are at, we are always striving to be better!

I will spend Thanksgiving in Florida with my adopted family, the Truslows,  and then was fortunate to be asked by the LPGA to spend a couple days in the Bahamas shooting some promotional video for the Pure Silk Classic.  Upon return I will head to Texas to visit some college friends in Austin and Ft. Worth.  I don’t mind getting on a plane during the off season when I’m not taking my clubs!

I hope everyone has a truly wonderful holiday season and want to thank you all for your support this year.  I gain new fans every week and see more and more people out watching at events that I know all the time and it makes me so happy.  Thank you again and I hope to see you all out on the tour next year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

KK

 

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Beautiful fall day in Japan with Alena Sharp and Kris Tamulis!

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Got a little lost in Japan with Kris, but saw some cool houses along the way. ;)

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Of course we found a rice field!

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Little Korean BBQ for those that think I don’t eat any asian food!

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Class of Japanese kids that came out to practice their English.  So cute.

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TT golf reunion with Elin Arvidsson and Deb De Villa

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The Rawls course was looking good! Friday fun match underway here.

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It was cold, but we won!!

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Alex Gibson and myself after the game… going to find some warmth!IMG_1206

Team Sutton Bay!!

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All the family that came down to watch.  Thank you all!

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The whole group this year! Always fun in Naples. :)

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My Aunt Sheryl made the trip from Rapid City. First time watching me play in a LONG time.

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My Grandma Jeanette made the trip from South Dakota as well.  After following me for years as a junior, this was her first time watching me play a professional event on the LPGA.  :)

 

 

Blue Bay Success!

I thought I would write a blog after I finished up in Japan, but with a six hour layover in Shanghai and not much else to do I thought I would catch everyone up after an awesome week in China!

Last time I wrote I was waiting around in Korea and unfortunately never got in the event. It wasn’t a bad place to stay and practice but it got a little long and boring. By the time we arrived in Taiwan the next week I was more than ready to play.

The Fubon LPGA event in Taiwan was my best Asia event last year and after a solid week of swing work in Korea I was feeling good heading into the week. Taiwan is an exhausting week both mentally and physically. We stay in downtown Taipei which is fun, but that means we have a bus ride that can be anywhere from 40 min to an hour and 20 minutes each way. We were fortunate to find a Texas Roadhouse a short cab ride away from the hotel so that was something to look forward to every night.

We waited all week for the typhoon to come and make a mess of the week, but only saw rain on Sunday. However, the wind is relentless and with thick bermuda rough everywhere it was key to stay in the fairway, which I did not. I had a decent day on Friday but just never got in the groove. It was a long week and it starts to get frustrating when you feel that you traveled thousands of miles to play golf and nothing is going right. If you’re going to travel that far and be away from home for five weeks you at least hope you play well enough to make it worth it.
So we head to Hainan Island to play the Blue Bay LPGA. This is the second year for this event and the one I missed last year due to a friend’s wedding. I had heard really great things about the hotel and resort and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The course was in good shape but it honestly had the hardest greens I had ever played. Not hard in a way like the U.S. Open, but more like goofy golf (got to be honest). However, we all play the same golf course so I went in with a good attitude and decided that I would just accept whatever breaks I got – good or bad.

I also knew that it was going to be very windy, much like Taiwan and therefore needed a better game plan mentally. If you play golf you know that as players we often try and “steer” or “guide” the ball in tough weather conditions. This really just boils down to a fear of hitting a bad shot and failing to commit to a good swing. In reality though, these types of swings usually just worsen the problem exponentially. Therefore, I dug out my Vision54 book, “Every Shot Must Have A Purpose,” and refreshed myself on some of the mental techniques we can try to use to play better when such problems arise. I will be attending a Vision54 camp in January anyways, so it was good to get back into working on the mental game regardless. Fortunately, I read it at precisely the right time. Not only did I have a better game plan to play in the super windy conditions, but it also helped me when I was right in the hunt coming down the stretch.

I had my chances but shooting -3 on Sunday on the back nine to finish T2 is never a failure. It was exciting/nerve racking/stressful watching the final group putt out for birdies on the last hole.  Although it was tough to watch Sei Young Kim drain a 6 footer for birdie to win and to avoid a 4 way playoff, it was a great position to be in.

Most importantly, this event jumped me up on the money list to give me a really great chance to play in Singapore and Thailand at the beginning of next year. Two events that are a great jump start to the season for those in the field.

We are on our way to Japan today for our final event in Asia. The countdown is on! It is only a three day event this week which is a nice break from the usual 4 rounds. I’m excited to get this going, to play well, and then to come back home to America!

Thank you for all the kind messages this week and for those that were up in the middle of the night refreshing their live scoring! Truly appreciate it.

Happy (late) Halloween!

KK

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Pro am party in Taiwan.  Myself, Caroline Masson, and Julieta Granada.

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Pro am party functions..

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Finally tried the ever famous Bubbletea in Taiwan.  Not bad when you get it in chocolate flavor. :)

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Great room and great view in China!

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Looks great when you can’t see the wind!

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Pro am party in China.  Julieta Granada, Caroline Masson, Myself, Mina Harigae, and Lizette Salas.

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Favorite photo from the week? :)

Foreign Places

Hello from Korea, everyone! I’m spending my Wednesday morning  at the hotel here in Korea doing a workout and planning the next few weeks on the road and when I get home to Florida. We arrived in Korea Monday morning after a red-eye from Malaysia Sunday night.  Those red eyes are tough but we did our best to stay awake by watching the Rangers on tv, going to the grocery store down the street, and hitting the gym in the afternoon.

It felt great to step off the plane into the fall like atmosphere of Korea after the sweltering and hazy week last week in Malaysia.  I am currently sitting as the first alternate and waiting to see if I get in.  Either way, I know I can have a productive week here.  There are a couple of other alternates who are staying on sight this week and we have plans to practice and play while we are here.

I know its been nearly a month since my last blog because it has been nearly a month since I last played.  After Evian finished up the Solheim Cup teams dueled it out in Germany. The Americans mounted the greatest comeback ever to bring the cup back to the U.S. for the first time since 2009 when they won at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago. It was so different watching this year when I actually knew these girls and had good friends playing on each side.  It was very inspiring and motivating to watch such good play from both teams.  I can also tell you that I really hope to be a part of it in 2017 in Iowa.

While we had a three week break away from playing any events, I somehow always seem to fill up my schedule and stay plenty busy.  I went back to Florida for the first time since May and spend about 2.5 weeks there before coming over to Asia.  It was so nice to see my Florida friends and have time to play and practice with them again.  I also took a quick trip up to Chicago to Rich Harvest Farms for an LPGA outing.  Rich Harvest Farms will host the 2016 International Crown and myself and Katherine Kirk went up to help with some promotional events.  I had never been to RHF and was truly in love with the property.  It may have been the perfect 70 degrees and no wind for two days, or it may have been the lush golf course set in-between the various cottages and properties that you can stay at.  We also played up at Shore Acres which sits right on Lake Michigan.  Chicago has so many really amazing courses and it was fun to see a couple and play just for fun instead of always playing to compete.

I brought Todd down for a couple of days during my last week in Florida and, like usual, torrential downpours commenced.  Todd literally thinks I live in the rain forest.  All in all we visited 3 separate courses over two days just to find ranges that were open and 1 course that was actually allowing play.  It’s not always fun, but we do what we have to do.

I arrived in Malaysia early Monday morning and after getting settled in I headed out to the course to play a quick nine.  I have to give a quick shout out to my Monday playing partner, Jessica Korda, for winning the event!  She was striping it out there, and when I saw her name up towards the top on Saturday I looked at Worth and said, “that doesn’t surprise me a bit.”

I struggled on Thursday and Friday to find my own game.  I sat +4 on a golf course that when striking the ball well is very scorable, but when you’re not it just seems impossible. I think it just took me a few days to get back into competition mode after such a long break.  I didn’t have the best day on Sunday but overall was happy with how I played on the weekend.  I was happy with my attitude and my resilience when things didn’t go well, and happy with how well I stuck to my playing focus.  I was also happy when I holed out from 125 yards on my 9th hole on Sunday to save a par. ;)  As the old saying goes, there are lots of ways to make a par!

Fingers crossed that I will get in this week.  Regardless, I’ll play the next three: Taiwan, China, and Japan.

Until next time,

KK

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Katherine and I at Shore Acres in Chicago.

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Julieta Granada and I before the Gala dinner in Korea last night.

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Interesting building where the gala was hosted…

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Downtown Seoul.. great feel!

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So much entertainment.. big Korean stars there to perform!

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Found this little gem on my way home..  there’s a bit of Texas everywhere!

 

When the Stars Align…

The fifth major has come and gone very fast and we are officially into our season of limited field events. I’ve consumed my quota of croissants for another calendar year so it’s time to leave France and come back home. I have good news and bad news so we will start with the good.

The good news is that I made a 7 footer for birdie on Friday on my last hole to make the cut on the number for the Evian Championship. I didn’t know for certain that I needed to make that putt, but I had a pretty good idea. The really good news is that I shot -4 on the weekend and moved up to a tie for 29. My highest finish in a major thus far and a great way to end the regular season. As I stated last year, this course can be extremely difficult and is exhausting both mentally and physically. Built into the side of the mountain overlooking Lake Geneva, 5 1/2 days of walking holes is more than enough.

The bad news is that even with a top 30 finish with a major sized purse, I dropped one spot on the money list. It’s unbelievable how things can line up. The three girls right ahead of me all played equally well or better, and one girl behind me finished T8 and passed me. So there you have it, I’m now T64 and possibly one place out of playing Korea. It’s funny how sometimes you can miss a cut and the stars will align and you won’t fall a single spot, and other times things like this happen. I will know more on Tuesday when the entires close, and know for sure when the late withdrawal deadline passes which is much closer to the date of the event. So if you are feeling the need to text/email/message me and ask “are you playing in Korea?” just know that this is all I know. And as I have said many times before, I will play ALL the Asia events I can. I have no reason to turn them down at this point.

Before we head to Asia though, I am going to thoroughly enjoy my three weeks off! We rarely get a break of three weeks in the middle of the season, but it is very welcomed by this time of year. I am going to head back to Florida and unpack my suitcase I’ve been living out of for 4 months. I have a trip to West Palm planned to visit a couple of tour friends and a two day outing in Chicago next week.

Lastly, I am happy to report that unlike the majority of my year, my weekend play in my last two events (Prattville and Evian) has been much better than my Thursday-Friday play. I also made the cut on the number in Prattville and then moved up to T29 to finish. I think I have done a better job of staying in the present and channeling my focus to the shot at hand and not the future (good or bad).

I also started reading a great book called “Burn Your Goals” and a few of the things the authors mention have really hit home and have helped a bit on the course. This book relates not only to athletes but to people in coaching, business, and anybody who just wants to be their best self. I know I gave a recommendation to read Open by Andre Agassi last time, not sure whats with all the book talk, perhaps I need to join a book club. Check them out if you have the interest or the time. :)

Sorry for the short blog this week (and even shorter list of pictures!) ! Unlike most people probably assume, theres not much to report that goes on in France. It’s golf, eat, sleep, repeat. 7 days in a row. I did, however, branch out and try the Mexican restaurant instead of eating Pizza Rapido 7 nights in a row. Big step.

Until next time…
KK

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Yokohama Tire Champion Kris Tamulis and me at the Evian!  Huge Congrats to Kris!!

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Same practice round with Kris overlooking Lake Geneva on the par 3 second hole.

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Rolex Annika Major Award ceremony.  Inbee was the clear winner…

Hard Times

Hello, everybody. I write this morning from my host family’s home in Prattville, Alabama. I had a long travel day yesterday and unfortunately didn’t get my clubs. Travel days are not the best time, but it is an off day and I try to take advantage of a day away from the course and just relax a bit. My must haves when I travel are my kindle with a good book and a fully charged phone and headphones for music. I recently finished Andre Agassi’s autobiography “Open.” If you have never read it and want an extremely good look inside professional sports I would highly recommend it. It was an outstanding book.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in the Northwest and this area never disappoints. The weather is absolutely perfect, the cities are fun, and the sightseeing is so good. The first week of this stretch was the Portland Classic. I played well at this course last year and came out strong on Thursday and Friday this year. It was a great start, but was followed by a pretty crushing weekend. While starting well is nice, it really doesn’t mean much if you finish poorly and vice versa. I get a ton of messages after each round if I play well, and its great because I can feel all the support, but sometimes I think people forget that round one is just round one. It’s the first quarter. If we start talking about outcome and great finishes before the second quarter has even started I’ll quickly lose sight of what I need to be focusing on in the present. Just think of it this way, you would never run down to the locker room after the first quarter of a basketball game and start congratulating the team thats leading. Why do we seem to do that so much in golf then? In order for me to stay in the present and focused on my ultimate goal (hitting each shot the best that I can) I’m going to take the advice a fellow veteran player and friend gave me and respond to message at the conclusion of the week. So, please, keep sending! Just know that I see them and will get back to you after play has finished. :)

While I was extremely frustrated with how I hit the ball on the weekend in Portland, I did celebrate another birthday on the 16th. The big 2 – 4. Only one more year until the big 2 – 5, and you know what that means. Yep, no more underage rental car prices. Let the countdown begin.

I left Portland for Canada late Sunday night and before I even took off we were having issues. A friend from the tour and I were given a condo that a member from the club wanted to let us use. Great! We were very excited. That is, until my friend got there and the place was a disaster. So I’m still in Portland about to board my flight, she is in Vancouver in a condo she wants to get us out of, and there isn’t a hotel available for the whole week in the entire city. Well, while these sort of travel problems occur all the time amongst tour pros and caddies, it doesn’t make them any less stressful. By the time I landed in Vancouver, we had been taken in by the tournament housing chair and her husband. They were absolute saviors. I mention this not only because these are the things that people never see us deal with, but also to say a big thanks to Brian and Sharon. We so enjoyed staying at your place and THANK YOU for taking us in with no notice whatsoever.

The Canadian Open is definitely the biggest tournament behind our 5 majors. It is always on a great course and in a great city and Golf Canada runs it as their own major. This course, Vancouver Golf Club, was built into a mountain and thus was hilly to walk on the front with some extremely sloped greens. I was feeling a better week than Portland and was at my wits end when I couldn’t stop hitting thin iron after thin iron. To be honest, I have no idea how I squeezed onto the right side of the cut line. I woke up Saturday feeling a bit rejuvenated because I was playing two more days; but much to my disappointment, the ball striking did not improve. I sent my second set of videos from the week to my coach and he knew we had to find out what was going wrong and get back on track. It’s not easy when we aren’t working together in person, but it can almost always be done. Before I went to bed on Saturday he sent back a video explaining why I was hitting so many thin irons and what I needed to do to make it better. I didn’t have much time to practice Sunday before my round, but when I got to the range to warm up I immediately knew that I was going to hit it better. If you are wanting to play this game for a living you better have someone on your team that you can call and they can help fix your problems without guessing. You don’t have time to spend weeks “searching” for the solution. You can’t afford to. You can find yourself off the tour as quickly as you found yourself on it. My score on Sunday wasn’t spectacular, I was finding the rough too often off the tee, but I’m looking forward to Prattville this week and at least hitting some quality golf shots with a much better chance for a solid week.

My mom and sister joined me in Vancouver and it ended up being a great city to have family visit. We did some birthday shopping and even found time to enjoy zip lining on Grouse Mountain. I think if you are ever in British Columbia you HAVE to do something in the mountains, the experience and the views are just second to none.
Prattville will be the final full field LPGA event of the season this week. Any girls outside the top 100 are fighting for their card next year and a trip to France for the Evian in two weeks. After Evian they will make the cutoff for all Asia events. There are five events starting in October and I hope to play them all if I qualify. Like last year, it is somewhere around 60-70 on the money list that will get in to each event.

Here’s to a great week ahead of us all!
KK

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Dinner at the Portland City Grill.  A must in Portland!

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View from the Portland City Grill – 30 floors up.

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Birthday dinner at Salty’s!  Thankful for these people on tour!

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Grouse Mountain – Vancouver

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Before the final round of the Canadian Open.  Always fun when mom and sis come :)

Toledo to Turnberry

Good morning, everyone.  I write this blog from another windy day in Scotland. Shocker.  It is Saturday morning and while I would rather be playing, I can say that I’m excited about coming home tomorrow.  I have been on the road for 4 weeks with an Open on each end.  While this week wasn’t what I was hoping for, there have definitley been a lot of good things happening lately.

My last blog documented the US Women’s Open and my T35 finish.  I am happy to report that I was able to carry over that momentum to the Marathon Classic in Toledo the following week.  I can tell you that the whole field had a bit of a “US Open hangover” and it took a few days to get back into tournament mode.  In my opinion, the cut was probably a shot higher than if it wasn’t following US Open week; but by the weekend scores were getting lower.  I finished the week with a bogey free -5 on Sunday in what was definitely my best Sunday round this year and another top 20 finish. Feeling good!

Sunday night I left Toledo and drove west to Sturgis, Michigan.  One of my sponsors was hosting a golf outing and I was going to help by playing a few holes with each group.  It was the perfect opportunity not only to fulfill my obligations as a member of the Metalloid team, but to also get to know my sponsors a little better.  We had a great day on the course and I can honestly say that I am an extremely lucky girl to have such wonderful people helping me out.  I am so happy to be part of the Metalloid family. :)

Monday night I continued my drive and arrived in Grand Rapids for the Meijer Classic. This was a tournament that I felt I played well last year but missed the cut by one shot.  I was determined to change that this year.  I opened with rounds of -3 and -4 and felt my game was in a great spot.  Unfortunately, I finished with rounds of even and +2 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 33rd.  I have had this happen a couple of times this year and while I think it is nice to get off to a good start, I also need to learn how to finish those good starts with good weekend play.  This has started to become my focus this year and will probably be one of my main focuses next year. If there is one thing I know about golf and sports in general, there is always something to improve.  You will never leave a game and think “yep, I’ve got it, I have nothing left to get better at.”  If you have, then call me…ASAP.

I raced from Grand Rapids to Chicago Sunday night, and when I say race I mean that pretty literarily. Metalloid Racing would have been proud.  I arrived just in time to check in, get thru security, and walk on the plane. Thanks to my mom and Tami Nelson for their assistance.  Flights went smoothly, all baggage arrived, and I was at Trump Turnberry by late afternoon on Monday.  I had a couple of good practice days and we were fortunate to have a relatively calm and sunny day 1 for the British Open.  I left some shots out there but was pretty happy with an opening round 71.  I had an earlier time on Friday and was thankful because the rain was suppose to come later in the day.  However, when it takes almost 6 hours to play I found myself enjoying the afternoon rains as well.  I shot +8 on Friday, missing the cut by 2 shots, and have had a lot of people asking “what happened?”  Well, I can say that it wasn’t the worst conditions I have ever played (us die hard South Dakotans have played in some brutal conditions), but it was the hardest conditions on the hardest golf course.  That combination made for an extremely difficult day for everyone.  There’s a good stretch of the front nine with the Irish sea on the left, winds blowing 30 left to right, pot bunkers lining the fairways on the right side, and you’re pretty much hitting every shot feeling that you’re one swing away from making a 12.    Welcome to the British Open.

I made a couple of good birdies to keep me in it and some great par saves on the back nine but after a 3 putt 17 to go to +5 for the tournament I knew I would need to par 18 to have a chance.  I pulled my drive left and when we finally found it it was resting comfortably in some high grass on the lip of a bunker.  Awesome.  Needless to say, my heroic efforts to punch it down the fairway didn’t go as planned and I would end the tournament with a double bogey.  I had come here feeling like my game was in shape to play well, and while I am not playing the weekend I can tell you that this year felt a whole lot better than last year.  I think this tournament just takes a little getting used to.

Ok, thats enough blogging for now! Thanks to all who have followed along these last four weeks.

I hope I can give you something good to watch these next three! I have this coming week off and will then play three in a row: Portland, Vancouver, Alabama.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

KK

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My hosts from Toledo!! Can’t wait to come see ya’ll next year.. thanks for having me!

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Tami Nelson and myself at the Marathon Classic.  Thanks for spending two weeks with me out there! :))

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Metalloid golf outing.  The whole group in one photo!

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Fred and Tom Edwards of Metalloid.  Thank you guys so much for all you do for me and for coming to watch in Toledo and Grand Rapids!!

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My pro am group for the Meijer Classic pro-am.  I had the guys from barstoolsports.com playing with me and it made for an interesting day!!  Check out the video online and barstoolsports.com if you wish! :)

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I have the best time at my housing in Grand Rapids every year.  This year I took Mallory Blackwelder and Joanna Klatten with me!  Thanks Holly for being such an awesome host!!

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All the girls headed to the One Republic concert thanks to Meijer!! Good times on the road. :)

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We had to have one concert selfie.

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A little TV time in Michigan.

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The 18th at Trump Turnberry.  If you didn’t know you were in Scotland, you should now.

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Practice round Wednesday with Angela Stanford (little TCU/TTU rivalry here ;).  The famous Turnberry lighthouse in the background.  Awesome view!

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I told you there was a rivalry.  Things are getting heated over here!! GUNS UP!!