Rookie Blog One: Kayla Mortellaro

Most five-year-olds don’t dream of becoming a professional athlete and then go on to be just that. The odds are not in your favor. But at five, walking outside the ropes at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, during my spring break, a dream was awakened. I wanted to be a professional golfer - one day inside those coveted ropes, signing golf balls and waving to the crowd.

I would go to the LPGA tournament all seven days for the whole day. I followed the world’s best players; even witnessed Annika Sorenstam shoot 59. The moments and interactions I had on that golf course will forever be cherished.

Fast-forward 17 years later, at 22-years-old, I have the privilege of playing in the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Course in Phoenix. Not only is this a once in a lifetime experience because family and friends get to be by my side, but it is the event, the hometown that made golf so special to me.

I know I wouldn’t be standing in this position if it weren’t for a list of important people that always kept golf fun, exciting, but a process where I was learning and improving. And to all those people, thank you. This event is about more than just teeing up the ball, but in the end that is what I will be doing come Thursday next week. I hope everyone comes along for the ride because you never know when dreams are awakened.

-Kayla Mortellaro

Topics: Rookie Blog, Mortellaro, Kayla

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