Well my first tournament as an official member of the LPGA has come to an end, and it's now time to write my first official rookie blog! This week was a little tough for me, yesterday was kind of like a surreal nightmare where you don't really know what is happening and you keep wanting to wake up but you never do, and you’re not really sure what you're doing wrong but nothing is going right (I’m sure anyone who plays golf can relate!) So all I was hoping for was that when I finally finished, there would be a really tan, muscular, handsome man in dirty khaki pants and combat boots with glistening skin just coming in from the Outback with a thick Australian accent to pick me up and carry me back and maybe bring a koala bear for me to play with.. oh wait maybe it was a dream!! Okay back to reality.. but it was my first event back into competition since the Price Chopper Tour Championship in September, and I think once I get to playing consistently again I will be doing just fine. I’m so excited for this year and so excited to be a part of the LPGA. I think it is so amazing what these women do out here and I have so much respect for professional athletes. I worked very hard in my off season on my game and my fitness so I’m just thrilled and stoked to start getting back into my groove!!!
Well, I’ll start with introducing myself. My name is Sydnee Mary-Louise Michaels, I’m 23 years old and I am a rookie on the LPGA tour this year. I was born and raised on a ranch in Southern California and I am the youngest of eight kids. I got my full card from playing on the LPGA Futures Tour in 2011 after turning pro in August 2010. I played four years as a Bruin at UCLA for Coach Carrie Forsyth and majored in History, which I have no idea what I could actually do with, but hey, it’s a degree that I am very proud of. I learned a ton and had a lot of life changing experiences in college and I told my coach when I graduated that I felt like I went from a little girl when I started to a woman by the time I finished. I’m sure my coaches Carrie and Alicia and anyone who knows me well would beg to differ as I am a little bit of a scatter brain, little bit of a dork, and I don't really stress out about much because it usually always works out in the end somehow. This drives my loved ones crazy. (only child/baby of the family syndrome) I am a true Gemini, and have several different interests in life and I love experiencing new cultures and new things.
I LOVE music. I play a little guitar and can sing a bit, but any live music anywhere and I am in love. I could not live without my iPod. I just think musicians are so talented and I am always in awe watching them. I’m one of those annoying people who actually enjoys working out. I like to run, it’s kind of my time to myself to visualize and reflect on life and myself. When I’m home I work out with my trainer Kevin Duenas at Dynamic Fitness in Temecula five times a week. I’m a firm believer in the power yoga. Not only the physical aspect of it but the mental focus and spiritual side of it. I am about as girly as they come when it comes to shopping and my bag is always overweight with stuff I usually don't ever end up wearing. My hidden talents include: I can recite pretty much every line from Dumb and Dumber, I used to beat boys in arm wrestling until I was about 13 when you all started to become actual boys, I am a champion when it comes to walking/running in heels, and if there is dancing involved, watch out! In my spare time I like to lay out to even out my tan lines and take long walks on the beach. I love all sports and good red wine. I feel like I'm writing a dating site profile.
I’m not quite sure how I really started to play golf, because no one in my family plays golf, but I was very active when I was little. My parents put me in everything. I was a state champion tap dancer, pretty good little tennis player, I did voice competitions, played pretty much every sport there is for at least some period of time, and my favorite was that I was a figure skater and was actually traveling to compete in International competitions. It was my dream when I was little to be a champion figure skater, but my dreams were unfortunately going to be dashed. I remember it very clearly. I was eight years old, and my dad saw a professional figure skater at one of my competitions and saw that she was only about an inch taller than me. He knew how much I loved it, but he sat me down in his office, he was sitting behind his desk and I was on the other side. He carefully explained to me that I was going to be too tall to really go anywhere in the sport, and he said to me "I’m going to have to break your heart now or you're going to have to break your own when you are 15 years old." He then explained that tennis, or golf which I had only just had a couple lessons at that point, would be great options for me and that he felt that women’s golf would be really taking off by about the time I was ready to turn pro. Smart man. So I kept playing tennis and started to play more and more golf. I kept up with dancing and still had a lot of interests. I performed in a few plays for Community theatre and even was in the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker performance.
My parents and I moved to Murrieta, California when I was 10 years old and that is when golf started to become more of a focus for me. I was Freshman Class President my freshman year in high school, a cheerleader my Sophomore year, "Spirit Coordinator" my junior year in high school, which was the dork that "MC's" all the pep rallies and school functions, I was in theatre my Senior year and performed as "Shelby" in the play "Steel Magnolias" and did a really realistic job at simulating an epileptic seizure on stage. My parents did a really great job at making sure I maintained as "normal" of a life and childhood as possible, however there was never a doubt in my mind what I wanted to do or what my first priority was and that was golf. I would not trade anything for the experiences I have been able to have and the people I have met through my career thus far. I’m very excited to see what this next step brings to me.
Well that was long enough, so if you’re still reading, thanks for taking the time to read. My Irish caddie Lorcan Morris and I always wind up with at least one good story from the week so I’m sure I will have plenty to write about! Remember to keep following us all out on tour! (and me on twitter @SydneeMichaels I’m trying to be a better tweeter) Next stop for me is Christchurch, New Zealand for the NZ Womens Open, so farewell for now from Melbourne, Australia!
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