Australia/Thailand

Hey everyone! It’s been a couple weeks since my last blog and in that time I’ve played two events in two different countries.  I was in Melbourne, Australia last week and am writing this blog from my hotel in Pattaya, Thailand.  The two weeks couldn’t have been more opposite but I am very happy with what I am learning about my game and where it is headed.

The Australian Open was held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club and it will officially rank as one of the very best courses I have ever played.  I see why it is consistently ranked as a top ten course in the world.  It was golf in its purest form and I know that I could play that course every day for a year and never get bored; the true test of a world class course.  Unfortunately my putting let me down and I missed the cut by several shots.  I had been struggling with my putting since the season started, so I knew I needed to get it figured out. I couldn’t waste any more weeks.  One of the things I would say I am very good at is being aware of what is going on in my game and not being afraid to admit when something is needing change.  After a little analysis I decided to change how I was practicing.  I felt that I needed to put more pressure on myself during my putting practice to mimic tournament golf.  I don’t think a change in my practice has every paid off as much as this one.  My putting in Thailand couldn’t have been better.

Despite the poor play, Melbourne was an awesome city to spend a week in.  We stayed in a hotel across the street from the beach, and down the street from some insanely good restaurants.  Melbourne is very cultural and thus plays host to restaurants and foods from all over the world.  Most of the restaurants are like gastro pubs where it would be hard to find a bad meal.  They also had an incredible amount of ice cream shops.  The Melbourne-famous 7 Apples was right down the street from our hotel and it definitely deserves the local credit. I would know, I had it six out of seven nights.

While in Melbourne I was fortunate to have some friends of a friend take me out to dinner a couple of times.  While I have great friends on tour, it is sometimes nice to get away and do something different.  Ray and Helen showed me downtown and took me to some great spots.  It never ceases to amaze me that even when I am on the other side of the world I am making dinner plans with friends.  It’s a small world.

Now is the fun part where I get to share with everyone that I had a really solid tournament this week in Thailand.  Yes, finally.  As I said earlier, my putting was rock solid and that couldn’t have made me happier.  The game is a lot easier when you can make a putt or two.  While I finished at -7 for the week, I shot -2 the last day and actually lost 8 spots.  It just goes to show how strong the LPGA is right now.  Regardless, I left the course today feeling really positive about what I need to keep improving on during my off weeks and looking forward to Phoenix already. I did not get into Singapore (it goes off of last year’s money list) so I will have two weeks off before Phoenix.

I’ve enjoyed Thailand but am ready to get on this flight and head back to Florida. I’ve especially enjoyed walking across the street and getting a one hour foot massage for 7 dollars.  Yep, going to miss that.

Enjoy all the photos!

KK

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Me and the rookie (a.k.a Marissa)  having dinner in Melbourne!

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Mallory, Marissa, and I before our Monday practice round.

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Finishing hole at Royal Melbourne

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Downtown Melbourne

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“Love Locks” on the river in Melbourne.

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Our group that went and checked out “White Night” in Melbourne… with 750,000 other people!

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White Night Festival, Melbourne.

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Great view from the hotel in Pattaya, Thailand

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A little elephant art on the course :)

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Pattaya, Thailand.  A little different scene than Australia.

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A little post round smoothie with the caddie.  So good!!

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So happy to have Kristin come out and watch.. an ISU Cyclone friend from my college days! :)

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When it Rains….

Happy Monday everyone!  I write today from the Miami airport on my way back to Orlando. I’ll have three short days at home and then off to Australia on Friday so I thought I would get you all caught up on the start of the season thus far.  That’s the problem with our off weeks, the week is only three days sometimes.

If you’ve been following I don’t have to tell you that my start has been less than fantastic.  However, what you don’t probably know is that I feel I’ve been dealing with one problem after another.  I would say that I am probably the least likely to ever make an excuse, but I know that I have got to have some good karma coming my way soon. Let me explain.

Let’s start in Ocala with the positives.  1.) It was close to home in Orlando, so I had a short drive.  Always a plus.  2.) I had an awesome host family in Steve and Phyllis Grey. I’ve never had so much good cake in my life!  3.) I had a ton of family and friends come to watch. Thank you to everyone who came out for my first event.

So when did the week start heading south? Well, after only playing 12 holes on our second day I needed to play my remaining six holes to make the cut Friday morning, plus another 18 if I did.  Unfortunately, I became very sick Thursday night and would struggle with this virus or flu or whatever I had for the next 4 days.  I felt pretty decent once I got out on the course, which is why I was torn between being upset with my results and just being happy that I was able to still make the cut and finish the event.  After the event finished my main focus was to get home and have a day of rest before leaving for the Bahamas.  However, as I’m getting ready to leave Ocala, I find out that someone went on a shopping spree with my credit card in Orlando.  Awesome.  I hope you bought some great things.

I left for the Bahamas on Monday and my sickness went from chills and body aches to back pain and a headache that reminded me of a tooth ache; if that makes any sense at all.  I visited the LPGA physical therapists on Tuesday and they actually found that my back pain was coming from a rotation in my pelvis and was an easy fix. Finally, Kim -1, back pain – 0.  My headaches continued for a few days but I believe they were a result of sinus pressure and they subsided before Thursdays round.

OK! Healthy and ready to go! I get out there Thursday and am playing pretty well.  Not making a ton of putts, but was -1 thru 12 holes when a typhoon hits the golf course.  We brace ourselves under an umbrella which wasn’t really helpful at all and the storm is so loud we couldn’t even hear that the horn had been blown.  Brutal weather.  They would eventually call it for the day and once again we would come back the next day and have a 24 hole day for the second week in a row.

I come back on Friday and while the rain had passed and the sun would eventually come out, the island winds decided to make themselves known.  I know I grew up in South Dakota and then played four years in west Texas, but in neither of those places does your ball get caught in the wind and end up in the ocean.  What I’m trying to say is that the course played hard.  Really hard.

After my first six holes (the finish of my first round from the previous day) I started my second 18 in the wind.  I walked off the third green and my caddie told me he really wasn’t feeling right.  He had been dizzy and wasn’t breathing quite right and after trying to walk it off the previous couple of holes he knew he had to tell me.  I immediatlely asked our scorer to call for the EMT.  The whole group obviously waited while the medic came and a rules official.  While Worth was being checked our group couldn’t just stand and wait.  So, a local caddie was brought to me and we were told to continue on.  Now, I have played golf for almost 20 years now and obviously have abundant knowledge of the game and my game in particular, but I don’t carry a yardage book on tour anymore.  So when Worth hands me his yardage book I felt like I was going to take a test I hadn’t studied for – cue the panic attack.

Lucky for me, my caddie has pretty much his entire family out on tour in one way or another.  His daughter is a rookie this year and her husband, Julien, who caddies for Graham DeLaet on the PGA tour, happened to be in the Bahamas this week.  I spent two holes with a local caddie (super nice guy, just not a professional caddie) before Julien found me on the sixth green.  Life saver!! I handed over the book and the third time was a charm, we battled the wind the rest of the day and finished at +2.  It felt like a super solid round in the wind and I was sure I would be playing the weekend.  Meanwhile, Worth was checked out and I am relieved to report that they concluded that it wasn’t much more than dehydration and a lack of potassium.  We were all very thankful for that.  Sometimes situations like that put into perspective that we are only playing a game; there are things in life that are so much more important.  Worth and I will be ready to go in Australia next week. :)

After all was said and done, the second half of the field finished their second rounds on Saturday morning in some much better conditions (its the luck of the draw!)  and the cut moved the other direction.  I was pretty stunned to come back from the gym thinking I needed to get ready to head to the course and play and instead find I was T73.  It was a tough break playing so much of my first two rounds in the wind, but it always evens out throughout the year.  As I said in the beginning, I know some good luck is coming my way!

Of all places to miss a cut, the Bahamas definitely isn’t the worst. ;)  I was staying with friends Laura Diaz and Danah Bordner, and Laura was able to set up a little swim with the dolphins on Sunday afternoon.  After that we finished the day with an incredible meal at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  It was an incredible day with some great friends.  Even though we all would have preferred to play, we made sure we didn’t let the weekend go to waste.

I’ve got three days to work on a few areas that I think need some improvement before leaving Orlando again. I’ll hit the gym with my trainer, get in some yoga practice, and spend some long days at the course.  I will go back to back in Australia and then Thailand.  I know I’m close to playing some great golf!

Have a great week everyone!

KK

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Great friends from New Smyrna Beach that came to watch in Ocala.  Thanks Austen and Andrea!!

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First host family of the year, and they set the bar pretty high!  Thank you Steve and Phyllis.  Hope to see you in Naples!

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Ocala Welcome Gala hosted by John Travolta and Kelly Preston.

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A little practice round selfie :)

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New pet dolphin?

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Look at those scuba diving outfits.  Wowzer…

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These outfits are a little better.

Me, Laura, Danah, and Steve.  Thanks for an awesome week guys!

 

Two Thousand and Fifteen!

It’s been awhile since my last post, but it feels like just yesterday.  Welcome to 2015! It’s been exactly 2 months since my last competitive round and I can say that it is definitly time to get the season started again.

Even though I had no tournaments in over 8 weeks, I still found myself spending plenty of time in the air.  I was lucky to spend a week in Austin, TX in early December to see one of my best college friends get married (Congrats Ros and C!).  I always love going back to Texas and as much as I hate to admit it, Austin is truly the coolest city.  After Austin I headed up north and spent three weeks between Sioux Falls and Clark catching up with friends and family and enjoying some down time.  While I love being home, needless to say after 3 weeks of family bonding every day I was ready to get back to Florida where I had more to look forward to than what book I was going to finish each day and who was on Ellen.

Since I have been back home in Florida I have been putting in full days of practice.  I’ve been making a few swing changes and working on sharpening up my short game.  It’s amazing how rusty you can get after just three weeks off.  Frustrating for a professional golfer to say the least!

I have also been doing a lot of yoga here in Florida.  When I was in Austin I was forced into going to a hot yoga class (whatever the bride wants ;), but I actually ended up absolutely loving it!  I was so excited to come back to Florida and find a studio to practice in.  I’ve been going at least three time a week to various classes at Guruv Yoga and am planning to find studios on the road where I can go to keep practicing.  While it is a great exercise for golf, I am definitely not looking at it from a golf perspective, but rather an outlet to get away from golf.  All athletes talk about the importance of having a balance in life between their sport and the rest of their life; I think yoga will be that hobby that keeps my life balanced.  That is, if it doesn’t kill me first.  1 hour and 40 minutes of yoga in a 98 degree room last night nearly did me in.

I am probably most excited to announce that I will be adding some new sponsors this year.  Like last year, I will partner with Callaway, Titleist, Footjoy, and Sutton Bay. However, I will be adding a new clothing sponsor in Animo. Animo is notorious as a riding company out of Italy, and is just starting in the golf market.  I will also be partnering with a company out of Michigan called Metalloid.  My partnership with Metalloid came out of a conversation I had on a plane with one of the owners who just happened to be seated next to me.  It’s a crazy life; and one of the things I like most about this life is all the people you cross paths with and all the connections you make.  I’m very excited to welcome both Metalloid and Animo to my team. :)

I know there are a lot of people out there patiently waiting the start of the season in Ocala next week so they have some live scoring to watch when it’s a slow day at the office.  If you’re one of those people, you’ll be happy to know that I will play 4 out of the next 5 weeks.  Ocala is this coming week, followed by the Bahamas, a week off, Australia, and then Thailand.  I will NOT play in Singapore the week after Thailand.  That is a limited field event (just like the Asia events in the fall) and I missed entry by 6 spots.  I also still get a lot of questions regarding my caddie, so I can happily report that I will still have Worth on the bag.  Same as last year, I’m not much for change.

Finally, as I did last year, I always like to post my season goals.  I know a lot of people are very private about their goals, but I have three thoughts regarding goals. 1) Keep them simple and to the point.  2) Sharing my goals is truly the best way for ya’ll to see inside my head; to know what I’m thinking and how big I’m thinking.  3) If I share my goals with the world, I think I’m much more likely to achieve them (I think it’s actually a proven fact).   It’s like you all are holding me accountable.  So here it goes:

Performance goals:

1.) Top 40 on the LPGA money list

2.) Cuts made at %75 or higher

3.) Solheim Cup team member

Statistical goals:

1.) Strokes Gained Putting in the positives overall

2.) Up and Down percentage – 70% or higher

3.) Top ten in GIR at the end of the year.

That’s all I got for now.  It’s time to get this season started!  I’m finally not a rookie and I get the entire year to try and make some noise out there.  If any of you get a chance to come out and watch this year, please let me know! I’d love to see you all!

Happy New Year!

KK

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Thanksgiving with some great friends in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Thanks to the Truslows for having us all over!

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December wedding in Austin.  Rosayln in the middle surround by her girls. :)

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Marissa Steen and I got to play Mountain Lake with our host family from Lake Wales last week.  Such an awesome experience.  Thank you David, Mieke, Kyle, and Gabby!

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Beach weekend in New Smyrna before the season started.  This is how I know I could live in Florida forever.

Symetra to CME

Offseason is finally here, and I can finally say that I am no longer an LPGA Rookie.  It was an incredible 8 months and I can’t believe some of the places I went and things I achieved.  While I had been patiently anticipating a little time off for a few weeks now, I wanted nothing more than to finish off my rookie year with a strong finish at our final event.

The CME Championship in Naples, Florida is the LPGA’s version of the FedEx Cup.  It’s a first class event that caps of the season and is a great opportunity for everyone’s family and friend’s to come down and watch.  I was lucky enough to have my parents, my coach, and one of my best friends there supporting me.  I also stayed with family friends, Lee and Jan Jacobson, from South Dakota.  We had some very strange Florida weather which made the course play tough in very windy and cool conditions.  I worked on a few things with my coach during the week and saw some big improvements even in the span of just a few days.  I definitely had some rough patches during my rounds, but was committed to having a positive attitude this week and was pleased with how I was able to bounce back each time.  In the end,  T20 finish felt like a pretty solid way to end the year.  It can always be better, but it felt as if it could have also been a lot worse this week. I’m happy with the way I fought and will carry that attitude into next season.

Before every season I write down just a few basic goals.  Nothing extravagant, but a few things I hope to achieve both statistically and performance based.  My stats for the year won’t be finalized until I get home, but I looked back at my performance goals for the year to see how I faired. My goals were as follows:

1. Win multiple times on Symetra Tour

2. 10 top 10’s

3. LPGA Tour card for 2015

Well, I may not have won multiple times on the Symetra tour, or had 10 top 10’s, but I think I can live with that. :) There is nothing better than looking back at your goals less than 12 months before and seeing that they are completely irrelevant now. While I have often been frustrated with my performance on the LPGA this year, this puts into perspective how far I have truly come since I started the season.

While it is fun to look back at the success I have had, I will find myself spending the off season looking forward to the next season and what I want to achieve.  There is no time or benefit to spending too much time reflecting on past achievements.  Those that want to be better must be thinking of how to continue to improve and set even higher goals.  I have some off season goals for improving my wedges, playing from uneven lies, and making more 8-20 foot putts.  These are things I have discussed with my coach and we have already put a plan into action for improvement in each of these areas.  I will be sure to share both my statistical and performance goals for next year before the season starts.

I plan to take a few weeks off and enjoy Christmas at home in South Dakota before returning to Florida the first of January to get ready for the 2015 season.  I want to sincerely thank everyone for all their support throughout my rookie campaign.  I love hearing from so many people throughout the year and having so many people come along with me on my journey. Also, a big thanks to my sponsors this year: Sutton Bay, Callaway, Titleist, Footjoy, and Loudmouth  Golf.   I’m already looking forward to an even bigger and better 2015!

See you next year!

Happy Holidays!

KK

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Celebrating Julieta Granada’s Birthday.  Congrats on a great week Julie!!

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My fan club for the week. :)

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Final round of 2014

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Getting some work in with coach Todd Kolb.

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Watching the playoff with Marissa Steen and Elin Arvidsson.  Great friends make the game so fun!

The Final Countdown

One of the only great things about jet lag is that you get a lot of things done.. at 6 am. My plan today was to throwback to my college days and write this blog while enjoying a frappuccino at Starbucks. However, when you’re wide awake at 5:30, writing in bed sounds better than getting dressed and actually leaving the house.

I’ve been back in Florida for less than 48 hours, but can tell you that I am SO happy to be back in the USA. Asia was an awesome experience and I love to travel, but only when you come back home do you realize how much you actually love being home. We live out of suitcases and eat so many of our meals in hotel restaurants that coming home to do your own laundry and buy your own groceries seems like a treat. I’m sure the joy I got out of doing my laundry yesterday will soon pass, but it really is nice to not have to leave all my clothes with some guy running a semi-shady laundromat in a strip mall in Korea and just praying that you communicated that you wanted it “washed and dried only.”

My last two weeks were pretty similar to my first two weeks in Asia. After my pit stop in Houston for a fabulous wedding celebration and a little relaxation in Lubbock, I left for Taipei, Taiwan. I believe that this was my favorite city we stayed in. Taipei is a major city in Taiwan and we stayed right in the heart of it. There were so many things to go out and do and I tried to do my fair share. I was able to get away and check out the night market (pictures below), enjoy the very popular Taiwan foot massage, and even enjoy a little wood-fire pizza joint that my caddie happened to come across and thus became a popular caddie and player spot for the week. I perhaps also enjoyed Taiwan because it was my best finish in Asia. I played four days of pretty solid golf and for the first time in Asia felt that I was actually playing and not just trying to survive.

After a hot week in Taiwan we packed up and headed to Japan for the final event in Asia, the Mizuno Classic.  This is an event co-sanctioned with the JLPGA and thus features 45 LPGA and 35 JLPGA players.  The event is hosted at the Prime Resort Kashikojima and is two hours from civilization.  After spending a week in the extremely lively city of Taipei, I opened my curtains Tuesday morning to see nothing but the bay and zero sign of activity.  The resort was closed down for the week, so us LPGA players and staff were the only ones there.  As if we hadn’t spent enough time together, we were definitely going to now.  There was somewhat of a town 1.5 miles away, which I walked to once to get some Japanese peanut butter, but other than that you had to try and occupy your time on the resort.  I was happy to find CNN was broadcast in English, but after three days of US election results, the countdown to coming home was getting real.

Although my finish in Japan was the lowest of all four Asia events, I actually didn’t feel I played my worst.  The course was pretty simply with big greens, and thus the scoring was just super low.  It’s tough to shoot under par and still lose ground on the field.  Regardless, I feel pretty good about where I’m at and am hoping that my scoring reflects that more at our final event next week.  The CME championship will officially wrap up the 2014 season and my rookie year.  Wow, how fast did that go?  Is it just me that feels like I played my first event in Hawaii last week? Although its been an incredible year that has far exceeded my expectation of spending another year living out of my car on the Symetra Tour, I still have one event to go and am very focused on playing well and ending the season on a high.

I thank everyone for continuing to follow me throughout the Asia swing, and especially those of you that couldn’t help sneak a peak at the live scoring when you woke up in the middle of the night.  Playing in Florida this week is good for all of us.  I can drive and your sleep schedule can go back to normal. :)

12 days until the end of the season.  Let the countdown begin!

KK

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I don’t want to forget my quick stop in Lubbock.  A trip to Fuzzy’s was a must with these ladies!  Wreck ‘em!

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After Lubbock I headed to Houston the Brittany’s wedding (middle) with Kelsy Hope (left).  Such a fun weekend with my favorite roomies!

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Taipei, Taiwan

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One of several night markets in the city. Extremely busy every night of the week.

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Night Market

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The welcome party was held at the Taipie guest house, where the President hosts his guests.  Very cool setting and the vice-president was even in attendance.

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Party entertainment- This guy is made out of play dough!

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Prime Resort Kashikojima #11.  Japan.

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Dori Carter and I at the Mizuno Classic pro-am party :)

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Wednesday afternoon boat ride to watch these women dive for oysters, a very ancient tradition that is still used today to harvest pearls.

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We were really more concerned about getting a good photo over a good pearl ;) (with Laura Diaz)

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Making a rice cake.  Another Japanese tradition.  Cool stuff!

 

Asian Invasion

Two weeks in Asia have come and gone pretty fast. I write this blog on a rainy morning in Lubbock, TX after a quick nine holes on the course. I would have to say that my first two weeks in Asia were not as successful as I would have liked, but as always I learned plenty of things from my travels and first experience in Asia.

I started my Asia journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the Sime Darby LPGA Classic. The trip took 30 some odd hours to complete and I think the jet lag wore off sometime on Thursday. I quite honestly enjoyed my time there for it was a very Westernized city. We stayed at a hotel connected to a huge mall with plenty of American shops and restaurants, so my fear of starvation was held off for at least one week. As expected, it was stifling hot and humid. There was so much haze from the heat and humidity that I literally didn’t see the sun in 7 days. Exhausting.

I was really looking forward to playing these events with no cut. It is four guaranteed days with no pressure of making the cut and if I’m going to be honest, a guaranteed paycheck. Unfortunately, I think I left my swing on the plane. It was four of the longest, most brutal days of golf I had experienced all year. Add poor ball striking with 90 degrees of heat and humidity and you get one very long week. I tried to stay positive by reminding myself how fortunate I was to be playing these limited field events and that I could be sitting at home instead. It sounds good, but hard to remember when you’re chunking 5 irons in the water.

While we spend most of our time at the hotel or golf course and don’t have much contact with people outside the tournament, the reality is that we are in a very foreign country with very different rules and standards. We had a very scary situation occur when four caddies were stopped and questioned by two police officers, one of which was prominently carrying a machine gun, as they walked to their hotel during the middle of the day. The police likely wanted to be paid off, but the caddies were smart and were insistent that they did not have much money. Secondly, on Wednesday night we came to find out that there had been a terrorist bomb at a karaoke bar about ten minutes from where we stayed. One person died and about a dozen were severely injured. I bring these situations up because when people watch on TV they just see another golf tournament, but for us its real life. We actually live in these places for a week and deal with these security issues. The LPGA brings it’s own security staff each week and does a great job at trying to warn us of what is going on in each country that we visit; but we are as susceptible to crime and terrorism as anybody else living there. It’s eye opening to say the least.

The tournament finished on Sunday and I finished near the bottom of the pack. Not ideal, but fortunately I had another week to improve. A majority of the field went to Korea so we were all on two different red eyes Sunday night. One of the things that is different about these Asia events is that the entire player and caddie body travel all together.

I wasn’t sure what to expect in Korea, but I played my practice round in pants and a jacket and I couldn’t be more happy to feel a little bit of fall weather. It is after all October and I just can’t help but feel that it should be fall! I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to living year round in warm climates. I could tell I was going to like this place.

As you could probably see by my scores and stats, Korea was a much better event for me. I had a solid opening round in some really windy conditions (playing 4 years in Lubbock really paid off), regressed to some more poor ball striking in the middle two rounds, and then found my groove in the final round making five birdies and finishing 2 under. It definitely wasn’t an all star performance, but it was a step up from Malaysia and heading in the right direction.

I left Korea Monday morning and flew 13 hours direct to Houston. I got to Lubbock late afternoon and will spend three days here before flying back down to Houston for a friend’s wedding. It is a lot of time and travel to come back to the states during the Asia swing, but it is just part of life on tour. If we become so consumed with our life on tour and stop living life outside the tour, then what is the point in playing in the first place? While I do give up many things to go to events, there are just certain times where other things must come first. It’s a balance that I think we are always striving to find.

After my week here in Texas I will leave Sunday morning and fly back to Taiwan. I will play Taiwan and Japan and then come back to Florida for good. I did not get into Mexico this year, but will very likely play the CME Tour Championship in Naples in the middle of November. Three events to go! Time to finish the year out strong.

KK

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#2 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club

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View of Kuala Lumpur from my hotel

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One of the few remaining palaces in Seoul, Korea.. with Rosa and Julieta Granada.

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Buddha Temple in Seoul.

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Praying to Buddha.

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The “King’s Chair”

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Our lunch in Seoul… I didn’t eat much.

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Team dinner at Fuzzy’s in Lubbock.  Miss these girls!

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The newest member of the Texas Tech Women’s golf team named Cash.  :)

Sweet Alabama

Good evening from Florida. It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog from my own living room and I have to say its quite nice. Even if I’m only here for a week. Since my last blog I have been to several states and several countries. Time to get you caught up!

I went to France for the Evian Masters and had quite a good experience despite missing the cut. I know thats probably an expression I overuse, but to be honest, if I get to a point where I no longer can find something positive to take out of every week then I should probably do something different. One of my tour friends recently stated that she wasn’t enjoying playing as much as she should be, so she took a job as a writer. I commend her for that. Anyways, it was a good week. The course in France is quite difficult to describe; lets just say it is a bit quirky, for lack of a better term. Regardless of whether or not it is fair that a player can hit a perfect tee shot into the middle of the green on a par three and it can spin back into the water, we are all playing the same course. With that being said, 5 over on Thursday didn’t set up well for my goal of making my first cut in a major. Luckily, I was first off on Friday which means greens would be perfect and pace of play would be excellent. At the end of the day I shot 1 over and missed the cut by a shot. I know many people following my score looked at my bogey on the last hole and believed that is what caused me to miss the cut. My bogey on my 36th hole did not push me over the line, my +5 on Thursday did. What I learned this week (which I’ve learned many times out here) is that even if you are 4, 5, or 6, over on the first day, you have to continue to fight for every shot. I ended up way closer to making the cut than I ever thought I would after Thursday. I was actually doing some laundry at the laundromat when I had a glimmer of hope that the cut could even go to 6. It obviously didn’t, but I did successfully wash and dry my clothes using machines with French instructions so I felt things were headed in the right direction anyways.

After missing the cut I had two days in France and not much to do. I can only watch the two English speaking news channels so many times in one day. I luckily have a caddie that’s been to France many times so he knew that the place to go on an off day was across Lake Geneva to Lausanne, Switzerland. So, thats what we did. We took the ferry across, took a bus into downtown, ate a strange pizza (if you think chopped up carrots sound good on a pizza, it’s not) checked out the Olympic museum, and then took the ferry back across. It was a nice break from where we had been staying in Evian, and I can check Switzerland off my list. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the town that we played/stayed at in France. All tour players and caddies stay within a few blocks and we all hang out on the same two or three streets full of shops, restaurants, and bars. I’m looking forward to going back next year. Mainly for the croissants, but the tournament was pretty good, too. :)

I flew back on Monday, and unlike my departure from England, I successfully made my flight from France back to the U.S. I got in late Monday night and went out Tuesday afternoon for a practice round. I don’t know if I have ever played a hotter practice round in my life. It was the middle of September, its suppose to be fall, Alabama! We definitely weren’t prepared for such a hot week, but in the end I was super excited to notch my third top ten of the year. It started clicking in the final round and I shot a career best 7 under. It’s like what I was talking about earlier, you have to fight for every shot because you never know when you’re going to get hot.

After playing the final full-field domestic event in Alabama, I was fortunate to be asked to play in the Safe Harbor Charity Classic in Seneca, SC. This was a charity event hosted by Austin Ernst at her home club. She brought in 8 girls and we raised money for Safe Harbor and the YMCA. Many players hosts events like these and are something that us players can do as frequently or infrequently as we like. For me, it was a great opportunity to help out a friend and I was still able to get to Orlando by Tuesday night.

After playing 6 out of the last 7 week and moving into my apartment in 2 days, it turned out to be the perfect time for me to have a few friends come to Orlando. My friend Rosalyn came with one of her other bridesmaids and we spent three nights in Orlando enjoying a little down time. Every now and then we have to plan a little R&R as well. My coach is coming tomorrow for a few days and we will prepare for a five week stretch in Asia. I have received a ton of questions about Asia so here is the breakdown.

-All six Asia events are limited field. While most invite the top 60 players from the money list, not all 60 go to every event, so it will usually go down the money list closer to 70.

-I have chose to play in Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan.

-I had never planned to play the first event in China (this coming week) and will be coming back to the states during the China event that takes places between South Korea and Taiwan for a friend’s wedding.

-None of these Asia events have a cut, so I am guaranteed four days of play in every event (and a paycheck).

-These events are part of the LPGA and count for CME points, Official World Ranking, and LPGA money list just like any other LPGA event.

That should answer 99% of the questions I frequently get. Hope it makes sense! I’m looking forward to my first time experiencing Asia and hoping to keep up the good play over there!

KK

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Hole #2 – Evian Championship

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Evian, France

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On the way to Switzerland!

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Switzerland is in sight!

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Dream crushing.

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Some fun in Prattville with Jaye Marie Green and Nat Sheary!

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Really great pro-am group in Prattville.  -16, so close to the W!

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Left: 5 Red Raiders in Orlando watching some Tech football!

Right: Me, Rosalyn, and Liz at the incredible Diagon Alley at Harry Potter World! This place is insane!