Since I can remember it has always been my dream to play on the LPGA Tour and now that my rookie season is finally underway, I could not be more excited! My father is a typical “golf-a-holic” and I have him to thank for introducing me to golf when I was seven years old. At that age, I was more interested in pelting the range picker and driving carts into trees than actually playing. But when I was ten, I played in my first tournament at Westpark Golf Club in Leesburg, Virginia. I shot 18 over for nine holes and went home with a first place trophy! I might have been the only girl in the field but it didn’t matter because I was hooked from that day on.
Through my teen years I played in numerous junior golf tournaments in Virginia and around the country to earn a full scholarship to play for Mic Potter at Furman University. I loved my first two years at Furman but when Coach Potter announced that he was leaving for the University of Alabama, I packed my bags and jumped on the bandwagon with him. Although it was a very difficult decision to leave my teammates and friends, transferring to Alabama has turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life and career. I graduated with a Communications and PR degree in 2007 and I am proud to chant, “Roll Tide.”
As of a week ago, I was planning on competing in the Tuesday qualifier for the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup, until I found out that I was already in the event! I guess that will teach me to pay more attention to the LPGA players’ website (my first rookie mistake)! This week is extra special because my boyfriend, Will, who is also a professional golfer will be caddying for me. Arizona is far from home so it’s really nice to have his support and expertise on the bag. No matter what happens this week, I look forward to enjoying every moment because I know that this is only the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able play the game that I love and call it my job. However, I know that I would not be where I am without the love and support of my parents. My mom and dad are the most hardworking people I have ever met and have always been there to encourage me to chase my dreams, for that I will be forever thankful. During weeks off, I absolutely love to go back to my hometown of Fairfax, Virginia to visit my family. You can usually find me working for free food at my mom’s deli or trying to win some cash off my dad on the golf course.
Thanks for reading my first rookie blog. To start, I wanted to give you a quick flashback of how golf became the love of my life. But I think these blogs should be a way for fans to get to know the players on a more personal level. So look forward to my upcoming blogs about another passion in my life. FOOOOD! If I didn’t play golf professionally, I wish I could be a world-renowned chef. Unfortunately, I’m an awful cook and have realized that cooking skills are not hereditary but my taste buds are as good as it gets! So I figured that being a food critic would be the next best dream job. While chasing golf balls around the country this year, I hope to keep everyone updated about the delicious foods that I devour.
*** “Keep your eyes on the stars & your feet on the ground.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
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