It's been a while since my first entry and I've been through quite a lot in the past few months. I've played three tournaments, completed 10 rookie hours (give or take a few hours depending on how generously they rewarded me for each session), suffered mild food poisoning, made my first cut, experienced the Kraft Nabisco Championship from outside the ropes, watched the Masters on TV, and cleaned my apartment in Orlando. I'm happy to report that I've learned a great deal from each of these experiences. Here are the lessons in an easy-to-read list.
1. Playing three tournaments: Emulate the sloth during a tournament day. I've realized I stay loose and calm when I move slowly. Loose and calm = consistent rhythm and better shots.
2. Rookie hours: I might be the only rookie who is planning on finishing all 16 hours. Once a teacher's pet, always a(n) teacher (official)'s pet.
3. Food poisoning: My digestive system was built to withstand Asian germs, not Mexican ones. I spent a whole year eating everything from street food to dining hall food in China without ever getting sick. I got sick from one week in Mexico even though I avoided uncooked foods, ice, tap water, and washed my hands every chance I had. What did I learn? When in Mexico, drink tequila… lots of it.
4. Making my first cut on the LPGA: People are watching for me! It was so exciting to see that people (mostly friends) from all over were keeping track of my career.
5. Kraft Nabisco experience: Even on a day when the wind is gusting at 45mph, the same rule (#76) applies: No excuses. Play like a champion.
6. Watching the Masters: If I rooted for and expected from myself as much as I do from Tiger, I'd take a leap onto a whole another level as a player. I was all alone in my apartment screaming "GO IN THE HOLE!" and throwing Tiger fist pumps while watching him on Sunday afternoon.
7. Cleaning my apartment: I'm a saver. I hold onto old, tattered golf gloves even though I get plenty of new ones each week. I play balls until I can't see any part of the logo and they wouldn't even pass as shag balls. I have golf clubs from the last century. I watch each DVD I buy at least three times in an effort to get the maximum entertainment value out of the 20 dollars I spent on it.
I hope that was entertaining, if not quite as educational for you. Until next time!
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