Kirby Dreher - Rookie Blog two

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Kirby Dreher of Canada hits a shot during the final round of the LPGA Qualifying School at LPGA International on December 4, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Hey guys! How has everyone's summer been so far?! Mine has been pretty busy but that's how I like it!

Now that the season is in full swing, I have been working hard on my game and have seen some drastic improvements in my short game - especially my putting!

I have only played in one LPGA tournament so far this season, and have played the majority of the season on the Symetra Tour.

I recently got into my first LPGA event of the season, which was the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. I had gone up there to do the Monday qualifier. I played well in the qualifier, but ended up getting 3rd and missing getting in by one shot. I noticed that I was 4th on the alternate list as of Monday and had asked a rules official if she thought my chances of getting in were good or not. Since I hadn't had any real concrete plans for that week if I had not gotten into the tournament, I just decided to stick around anyway. That decision proved to be the right one! I went and played a practice round on Tuesday, and was bumped up to 2nd on the alternate list by the end of the day. When I woke up on Wednesday morning, I checked and had moved to the top of the list. I decided to head to the course, and right as I was pulling up I got a text message from my mom saying that I had gotten in! She was right! I went and registered and then stayed around to practice for the afternoon!

For someone playing their first LPGA event of the season, I got thrown into a pretty incredible and intimidating group! Since Cristie Kerr withdrew, I took her spot, which meant I was playing with Stacy Lewis and Ai Miyazato.

To say that I was nervous on the first tee would be an understatement. I was more than nervous, but somehow hit a great drive and eventually the nerves settled down. Both girls were amazing to play with and were so nice!

I didn't play my best in Waterloo, but had one of the best experiences anyone could have had out there! The fans at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic were unreal, and as a Canadian playing out there, they were incredible!! It didn't matter if I was at the top of the leaderboard or at the bottom - they all treated me like I was a superstar and it was truly amazing! I already can't wait to go back!

With just missing out on the U.S. Women's Open, I am taking a little break from tournaments for a few weeks and trying to stay cool in this hot summer heat! I will be back at it at the end of the month to start up some Symetra Tour events again and hopefully I will get into a few more LPGA events!

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Stay cool out there in this crazy, crazy heat!

Kirby Dreher

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