Well, a lot has happened since my last blog. I left my last one right before the Duramed FUTURES Tour season finale in Albany. It was ok, and by ok I mean amazing. I played well that week and was able to get my third win of the year. But of course it wasn't an easy task. I was in a play-off with Jennifer Song, who went on to finish 2nd on the money list and be the Rookie of the year. It couldn't have been a more exciting finish to the season! I'll tell you a little about the tournament. I was just truckin along the first two days, not going low or anything, just pluggin along. The weekend brought some cooler weather and strong winds, which was good because that lowered the scores. Jennifer and I were tied at 5 under after the final round. My parents came to Albany as well as my Aunt Karen. It was really nice to have them there. My dad was on the bag again, so he is two for two in wins on the Duramed FUTURES Tour while on the bag. Lucky for me he doesn't charge me a percentage of my winnings. We had a great time and it was special for me to have him not only watching but also being a part of the tournament and play-off win.
After the play-off, I was greeted by my tearful mom which I never get tired of. Then it was off to the awards ceremony. That was really fun. They did the ceremony for the tournament, then some awards. Mo Martin won the Heather Wilbur Award, I couldn't think of a better person. I was able to play with Mo several times and she has always been so nice to everyone - players, volunteers, and staff. I am so glad that I have gotten to know her. Then they got to the giving of the cards - the exciting part. As they don't update the web site until after the ceremony, no one knew who was in what spot. They called us up randomly and poor Hannah Jun was first. It was very entertaining - watching her stand up there by herself for a while. And we can't forget about Tiffany Joh dropping her card off-stage, naturally. Sorry to name drop, girls. The LPGA Card and player of the year trophy were for sure my favorite gifts of the day, but the best surprise was the Flip video cameras we got from Suntrust Bank. I have always wanted one of those, so that was a nice addition.
There was a really nice party for everyone after the ceremony at the course. Unfortunately, I couldn't celebrate too much. I was flying out of Albany at 6 a.m. the next morning to get to Arkansas by 1 p.m. to compete in the Monday Qualifier for the P&G NW Arkansas Championship Presented by Walmart. I still didn't get much sleep that night, but that was ok. I shot 2 under in the qualifier which was good enough to earn a spot into the field. The tournament went alright. Rogers was a great town. I stayed with the nicest people inside the Pinnacle CC community. Then finally I had a few weeks off. I was able to relax a bit and go to the pool, as it is was still very hot here in Tampa.
I just got home from a couple weeks of traveling. It all started with the Florida vs Alabama game in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago. I went with a friend from high school and her mom,. My friend's little sister goes to Alabama, so it was great getting to see her, too. SEC football is something everyone should experience. I had never been to Tuscaloosa, and it was beautiful. It was a great campus and game day was so much fun! I have never seen so many tents and tailgates, and I was only on one half of the stadium. Sadly, my team did not win, but I still had a great time.
I left Tuscaloosa to go to Prattville for the Navistar LPGA Classic, where I had my best LPGA finish. I had a great time with Paulie Maggiore caddying for me. Gladly, I was able to get into the next event even though it was a smaller field. So I flew out to Danville, CA, which didn't go as planned, and I had the weekend off. During the week though, I went with Alison Walshe and our caddies to San Francisco. We went to Alcatraz, which was a lot of fun. Got a little history lesson. It was crazy to walk around in an old prison. Danville was my first missed cut of the year. I wasn't too happy about it, but I was happy to get a few more days at my next destination. I flew back to my car in Atlanta, then went a couple hours north to Highlands, NC, to visit my grandparents. I had a great time with them. I played golf a few times at their club, Wildcat Cliffs CC, and watched their favorite show, Dancing with the Stars, with them. I love going up there to see them. We would go every summer when I was a kid, so it always brings back great memories.
Now I'm home. Don't have much going on golf-wise until the LPGA Tour Championship in December. So besides a couple weekend trips (one to Louisville!!), I will be hanging out with my friends and family, getting some lessons, and going to the pool (weather permitting). Hope everyone has a good October. Happy Halloween!
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