Thanksgiving is almost here and I cannot believe my rookie year is almost over. There is only one tournament left in my schedule because the Tour is playing some limited field events in Asia and Mexico. I played three tournaments in the last two months. The first one was the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart in Arkansas. We played at Pinnacle Country Club, one of my favorite courses on this year's schedule. The Pro-Am got cancelled due to weather conditions. Instead of playing it, I had the pleasure of meeting George Lopez, my favorite actor. I probably watch his show every night during tournament weeks. It is just the perfect combination of Latino and American culture. I struggled during that week with my putting and missed the cut. The hardest part was that I had to wait three weeks for the next event.
After Arkansas, I took a couple of days to visit some friends in Orlando and practice at the course for the LPGA Tour Championship. Then I was off to Los Angeles. I had so much fun back at UCLA. It felt good to visit friends and just hang out at school. After playing the Bruin 18 Invitational to raise some money for my team, I flew back home to get ready for the next two events. Two weeks went by fast in Colombia and before I knew it, I was leaving to play in the Navistar LPGA Classic. My first impression was really good - I liked the course and the southern atmosphere of the event. All the volunteers and staff were so friendly, it almost felt like home. The food was unbelievable - I probably ate 10 different variations of pork, the most amazing peanut butter chocolate cake, but my favorite of the week was the chicken salad. I had a pretty solid first round and made some good putts. On the second round, my driver and putting caused me a frustrating round and I ended up missing the cut. Although I did not play on the weekend, my game felt like it was going on the right path for the next event.
It was now time to play in Northern California at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. The bay area is the most beautiful place ever, and I spent some time going to the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Lombard Street, and Pier 39 - which, by the way, has lots of chocolate stores. I felt like I was in heaven eating great seafood and chocolates. I also found a store called Magnet World and found awesome fridge magnets for my mom. She collects them and would have probably gone crazy in there. The course was in great shape and had an unique setup. Lots of cart rides, slope changes, great views, and nice people made that week a special one. I played solid the first two days but struggled to make a move on the weekend. That week Beatriz Recari won her first LPGA tournament as a rookie. It felt great to see a fellow Hispanic win and more importantly the first rookie to win from the 2010 class.
Check back soon lpga.com to see what I did on my weeks off.....
Peace and Love
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