Right now, I'm at my house in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This is the first time in seven weeks that I've been home, so it feels absolutely great. I love traveling and playing in tournaments, but to live out of a suitcase can get old, for sure.
The last seven weeks have included six tournaments, a couple days at my parents' house in Sweden, and a lot of nasty weather!
I left Oklahoma on the 12th of July to fly to the Swedish Team Championship. After a busy week representing my home golf club, I got to enjoy a couple days off in my hometown. But before I knew it, I was on a plane again, heading towards my second major, the RICOH Women's British Open. It was played at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. It is a great links course and we got to experience it just the way one would expect, with plenty of wind and rain. Unfortunately, I had a very rough first day, so even though my second round was really good (in some of the worst conditions), it was not enough for me to make the cut. After the RICOH Women's British Open, the LPGA schedule was very empty for a few weeks, so I stayed in Europe and played in two Ladies European Tour events, the Irish Open and the Wales Open. I had two pretty solid weeks and once again, I got to use all my warm gear that I had packed in my suitcase! I believe that is one of the biggest challenges with being on the road for a long time - all the different climates you need to pack for.
After three weeks in Great Britain and Ireland, it was time to head all the way over to the west coast of the U.S. A long trip, but after 20 hours I landed in Portland, Oregon. Unfortunately my suitcase did not. It was on the next flight.
It was great to be back playing in some non-windy conditions after all my links golf, and I started off good the first day, but my putter decided to be ice cold the second round, and that led to a missed cut.
The following week, I got to put a new country on my list of place visited - Canada. The CN Canadian Women's Open was played in Winnipeg and I had a fun week. My golf was pretty consistent throughout the week except for a few too many putts on Friday. However, I made a great putt on the 18th on Friday to make the cut on the number! It was one of the best putts I have made in a long time and I am going to remember it. I know I was talking about bad playing conditions over in Europe, but what we got to experience in Winnipeg on Saturday might have been worse than anything I have ever played in. It was not raining, it was not windy, it was not cold. The problem was mosquitos!! Where I grew up, we have mosquitos, but nothing like this. I was going crazy out there! Luckily it was much better on Sunday again, and that was good because someone would maybe have needed to take me to a mental hospital if not!
So, as you can see, I have been very busy over the last seven weeks, therefore this week off is going to feel great. I am looking forward to cooking my own food, practicing, working out, and sleeping in my own bed. Next week I am off to Arkansas. It's only a three-hour drive from my house, so I will be driving my own car to the tournament - a first for this year!
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