Good morning from South Carolina everyone. Hard to believe that only three days ago I was in Dallas, and have since flown back to Orlando and driven to South Carolina. If the amount of texts, emails, and phone calls is any indication, I think ya’ll already know that my week at the North Texas LPGA Shootout was a big week for me. After having a few days to look back and think about it, there are three things that stand out that I would like to share.
1. I love playing in Texas. Being a Texas Tech alum, there probably couldn’t have been a better stop on tour for me to have a successful week. The Tech fans were excited to have one of their own in the field, and I was excited to have fellow alum cheering me on. Playing in Texas will always be special to me.
2. Last time I played on the LPGA was in Hawaii and I was pretty excited to have played with Lydia Ko for the final two rounds. This week I stepped it up even more when I was paired with Suzann Petterson and Azahara Munoz on Saturday. If you don’t follow the LPGA that closely, it was like being paired with Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald. I could have easily let the fact that I was playing along side two high profile players distract me from my game. However, I made a decision before I started that I was going to continue to play the golf course the way I had been regardless of who was playing beside me. It probably helped that Suzann talked to me from the very first tee. She really didn’t have to have any interest in me at all, but she did and it was extremely nice of her. She is what the LPGA is all about; very classy. Likewise, after signing my card on Sunday, I exited the scoring tent and Christina Kim greeted me with a handshake and a “Welcome to the LPGA.” Pretty cool. The LPGA has a motto of “See Why It’s Different Out Here,” and THAT is why it is different.
3. I stuck to my game. I made some mistakes and gave away some shots, but I grinded it out through the ups and downs. I was in a good place mentally where I didn’t try and play the leader board, but instead just played the golf course. At the end of the week it was great for me to see that when I just play my game it is good enough to finish in the top 5.
Going forward from here, I will play this week in South Carolina as I noted earlier, but will then play LPGA from here on out. All the talk about Symetra Tour money lists and LPGA conditional status can be thrown out the window. Now, I will play for my LPGA card just like all the other girls on the LPGA play for theirs, by remaining in the top 80. Everything changed so quickly, which also means i will be looking for a full time caddie as well. The player/caddie relationship can be difficult, so finding a caddie that meshes with my game and personality and can be with me for the long term is the ultimate goal. Right now my agent is finding me the best caddie he can and we will likely do a three week trial over the next three events.
So, I will leave South Carolina after this week and head to Virginia to play the Kingsmill Championship. I know this is one of the favorite stops on the LPGA tour so I am really looking forward to it. After Virginia I will drive to Mobile, Alabama where my mom and sister will join me for the week for that event. They will drive my car home from Alabama (some good bonding time for them) and I will fly to Los Angeles that Monday for the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier. I will hopefully get in a quick practice round that afternoon and then play the 36 hole qualifier on Tuesday. Lucky for me there is a red eye out of LAX on Tuesday night that will get me to Philidelphia by 6 am for the Shoprite in Atlantic City that starts on Friday. After playing the Shoprite Friday-Sunday, I will fly to Lubbock, TX for my best friends wedding. After playing 7 weeks in a row it will be an off-week well spent. I’m exhausted just writing about my traveling plans.
Ok, time for me to get some practice in for this weeks event! This is the biggest event on the Symetra schedule with a purse twice the average. It is a four day event starting tomorrow!
Thank you to everyone for all the kind messages, emails, and phone calls. I was busy traveling from Dallas to South Carolina but did my best to respond to everyone! Thanks so much!
Texas Tech alum Pat Green performed for us at Las Colinas on Friday night. Great show!!
A rare selfie of me and my traveling partner, Megan McChrystal, having some fun at the show.
Former Texas Tech teammate and great friend Rosalyn Rojmar came to watch for the weekend. So fun to have friends there!
Me and Sherri Turner, LPGA Legend who joined us for the pro-am yesterday in South Carolina. Very fun!
Me and Natalie Sheary having some fun with the photographer yesterday 😉