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!



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


Pro am party functions..


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


Great room and great view in China!


Looks great when you can’t see the wind!


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


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,



Katherine and I at Shore Acres in Chicago.


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


Interesting building where the gala was hosted…


Downtown Seoul.. great feel!


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


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…


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


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


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!


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


View from the Portland City Grill – 30 floors up.


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


Grouse Mountain – Vancouver


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!



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


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


Metalloid golf outing.  The whole group in one photo!


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!!


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


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!!


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


We had to have one concert selfie.


A little TV time in Michigan.


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


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


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

US OPEN 2015

Greetings from Amish country. Like some of you, I just finished watching an awesome finish to the Women’s US Open. Like any USGA event, it proved to be a true test of golf for the players and an exciting event for the fans. While its fun to watch it on TV, I can tell you its even better from inside the ropes. :) I’ve recapped all my US Open thoughts from the week right here, I hope you enjoy the insight.

Destination: Lancaster, PA.

Lancaster is situated a little over an hour north from Philadelphia and is at the center of the Amish culture. Fun fact of the day: there are more people in a 250 mile radius of Lancaster than anywhere else in the nation. Yep, that would explain the mass amount of people that came out this week. I didn’t spend much time in Lancaster itself, but instead enjoyed staying in a house I rented for the week with my dad and coach in rural Amish country about 20 minutes from the course. I can’t even tell you how many horse and buggies I have seen go by from my living room window. On Monday my coach and I were fortunate to go visit an Amish farm and have an Amish meal courtesy of Phil Lapp, a local Lancaster business owner and golf fan. I wouldn’t normally schedule much during a major week, but I’m so glad we did this. The idea of living “Amish” is to live simply; and sometimes we could all be reminded that less is more. Not to mention, they REALLY know how to cook. A couple more pieces of home made Amish bread and I would be thinking about how I would look in a bonnet.

Venue: Lancaster Country Club

When I think of the US Open I think of a long course, thick rough, and putting it off the green. Lancaster Country Club hit 2/3. The course played very long and with only 2 par 5’s the birdies had to come the old fashioned way with a good approach and a good putt. The rough was by far the courses biggest defense. If you were lucky you would have a shot to the green and with an extra club you could maybe roll it up, if not, you were forced to chip out to a good number and try and make up and down with wedge. The greens were very soft for a US Open but had an incredible amount of left to right and right to left slope. They definitely could have been faster, but I don’t think the field was complaining.  The more great courses I play the more I realize how well they were built back in the day.  No matter how much money you spend, you can’t buy the tradition and character that comes with the essence of a 100+ year old club.

Game plan: My experience

My game plan going into the week was to stay patient, stick to my strengths, and to just keep grinding it out every hole. I have to say I stuck to my plan and it worked out pretty well. It was vital to keep it in the fairway, so when I felt 3 wood gave me a better chance while not being left too far from the green I didn’t hesitate. I’ve been getting a little anxious to make a cut in a major, and doing it in my first US Open was pretty ideal. I had a rough patch in the middle of my round on Friday, but finished 2 under in the last 6 holes to make the cut on the number. I played some solid and patient golf on the weekend and would move myself up to T35. It’s 34 spots from 1st, but definitely a step in the right direction.

Besides playing solid, the overall experience was one of the best I have had in my career. I have played many USGA events, but never had they given my a Lexus courtesy car nor had 135,000 people come to watch.  Whether you are a golf fan or not there is something about our United States’ Open championships that draws people.  It is fun for the fans, and the fans are fun for the players.

Upcoming weeks:

I will leave Lancaster tomorrow and drive up to Toledo Ohio. My next three weeks will be Toledo, Grand Rapids, and Turnberry for the British Open. This is probably by far the toughest stretch we have this year, but I think I’ve started it off right. I have posted lots of photos from a couple weeks ago in Arkansas and, of course, this week at the US Open.



This whole crew came to Arkansas to watch me play! Thank you all so much!

(Elin Arvidsson, Mother Teresa, Tammie Paulson, Dennis, Diane and Jenna Varilek)


Jenna and I after dinner. :)


Sometimes the volunteers go above and beyond and insure the wildlife doesn’t wander onto the green while we putt on hole 10.


Sandra Gal, Hee Young Park, and I on our Amish field trip.


I even stole a photo with one of the Amish kids.  He was too sweet.


I know South Dakota is full of farmland, but it just isn’t as scenic as Pennsylvania.


The whole Amish field trip crew. (Belen Mozo, Sandra Gal, me, Hee Young Park, Mariajo Uribe)


Best practice round group on the course! B. Lang, Mama Diaz, Lee-Anne Pace and myself.

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Lots of long practice days Monday – Wednesday with these two paid off.  Todd on the left and Worth on the right.


The Amish are pretty trusting!


Par 3 hole 8.


Great seeing this guy on the road again. Thanks for driving up Will! Friends from Heathrow are friends for life. :)


Lapp Valley Dairy for ice cream! We tried to go back for seconds but it was closed on Saturday. :(


The guy that thinks he is my lucky charm.  Haven’t missed a cut when he has come out yet.  Thanks, Dad. ;)

One Shot

Good morning from Philadelphia, everyone. This isn’t what I thought I was going to be doing on my Saturday morning this week, but it does give me a chance to fill you in on so much that has been going on the past three weeks and, of course, what exactly happened yesterday. :(

I know I’ve said this before but I will say it again, but the course we play for the ShopRite in New Jersey is definitely one of my favorite courses that we play regularly on tour. While the poa greens were a bit bumpy this year, it doesn’t change the old school design of the course that sits right on the bay overlooking the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The wind also decided to blow this year;  and I just feel that wind follows me wherever I go. My apologies to the field.

This year I stayed in a condo right on the range with two of my good friends. My one friend has two small kids and it made me realize something. Playing on the LPGA is an extremely hard job. You don’t know when your next pay check is coming, the stress of always trying to figure out different parts of your game, the anxiety of travel, etc. Now, it’s hard enough for me to do this all by myself at 23, imagine doing it all with two kids in tow . To all those moms who are and who have traveled with kids on tour, I commend you for continuing to follow your dream and just making it work. Imagine taking two small kids to your office every day, would you make it to 10:00? ;)

I can also report from ShopRite that I had my best finish of the year and my first top ten. Woohoo! I feel I have been very patiently waiting for a good finish and it finally came. However, it wasn’t the 66 Sunday round I was hoping for, instead it was the “I missed three putts inside of three feet on the first seven holes and clawed my way back” kind of round. Hey, either way, a top ten is a top ten. I continue to work on my putting and am still seeing a lot of good things happening. It was on to Canada next.

I took a lot of confidence with me across the border to play in the Manulife LPGA Classic for the first time. The event was being held at a new course, so it was new to everyone, thankfully. I started the event playing some seriously solid golf and was sitting T4 at -11 going into the weekend. While I am delighted to receive so many congratulatory messages on Thursday and Friday, the game is only at half time. With two days to go I can’t celebrate two good rounds when I have two more to play. With that being said, my putting went cold on the weekend, I started steering the ball a bit on the course, and I plummeted to a final position of T43. Pretty hard to swallow. It’s like being up 3 touchdowns at half-time and then losing the game. Sometimes it just happens. In golf, one of the hardest things that people don’t really understand is that when you are playing one game over 4 days it is really hard to put 4 solid days together. You can go to bed feeling that your game has never been sharper, and wake up the next day and not hit a fairway. It’s the beauty and frustration that is the game of golf. Nonetheless, I still left Canada with a lot of positives and refocused my energy on our second major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

I arrived in Westchester, NY, just outside of New York City on Monday morning and went straight to the golf course. I could tell we were on the third week of a three week stretch. My toes and hands were getting calluses and I was starting to think of the things I wanted to do when I got back to South Dakota (mainly all the places I’m going to eat, haha). The PGA of America has partnered with KPMG and the LPGA to form what is now our very own PGA Championship. As players we weren’t really sure how this would change the event for us but once we arrived we quickly saw that this event was going to be like no other. I have to commend the PGA of America for putting on one of the absolute best events I have every played in. From courtesy cars to food on the golf course, they raised the bar for major championships.

I played what I thought was a solid round on Thursday morning and finished at even par. However, scores from the afternoon wave were lower than I thought and I knew I would need to shoot even or one over on Friday to make the cut. I don’t like to dwell on bad rounds and missed cuts, but I also know a lot of people are wondering, “What happened!?” Here’s the story. I fought and fought all day, grinder over every putt, and after FINALLY making a birdie on 15 I had three holes to go and sat at plus one. Safely inside the cut line. Hole 16: long par 5 with a narrow green in which I had yet to hit, even in practice rounds. 5 iron, middle of the green, two putt par. Feeling good, momentum was definitely on my side. Hole 17: I’m sitting middle of the fairway with a pitching wedge left to hit into the middle of the green. I hit it fat and watch it bounce off the front fringe and into one of the deepest bunkers on the course. In absolute disbelief I walk up and assess my next shot. I hit a pretty solid bunker shot but with the height needed to get out there wasn’t much spin on it so I was left with 17 feet behind the hole. After watching putts lip out and slide by all day, I finally drained it. Little fist pump, and on to the par 5 18th. Hole 18: I have exactly 96 yards for my third shot into the pin. Perfect 54 degree wedge, stick it to 7 feet. 7 feet down the hill and I’m thinking about making birdie instead of making the cut. I watch my birdie attempt slide low and just keep rolling and rolling to about 5 feet. What just happened here? What did I do? The thoughts in my head were screaming but I stepped up and hit the best come back put I could just to watch it lip out on the high side. 3 putt from 7 feet. That’s a bogey and a Saturday flight home. Just like that and all the work I had done out there was gone.

Sometimes you can spend all week preparing and practicing. You can fight and grind and wear yourself out after 10 hours of competition on Thursday and Friday and in the end you walk away with nothing. Sports can be entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting, and sometimes they can be downright cruel.

I’m sitting at PHL instead of walking the fairways of Westchester Country Club. The ONLY plus of missing a cut is going home a few days earlier. Time to forget, recharge, and refocus. Arkansas is only 13 days away.



Morgan and Laura – emcee’s for the pro am party.. they killed it.


Little putting practice in Canada.


Niagara Falls.. Canadian side really is a better view.


Westchester Beach Club with Maria Hernandez and Angela Stanford.  Pretty cool place!


And how about this guy! My friend Charlie for the week. :)