In the summer of 2011, I chose to put the game of golf aside. I had lost my joy in the game and was beginning to let the outcomes of my performance on the course dictate my attitude and emotions. I was sad, frustrated, and even angry. I didn’t understand how something I loved could wear me out emotionally. In time the Lord began to reveal that the drain on my emotions came because I was putting my hope in golf to make me great and give me a platform for reaching out to others. I knew I wasn’t to live with my hope in anything but God, so I thought the only option was to walk away. Golf is a hard game and it will knock you down. I thought I was just another of the fallen. But thankfully, the good Lord had a different plan. On a beautiful summer night in the midst of this struggle, I had the opportunity to hear Downline Ministries Director, Kennon Vaughan, teach on the Great Commission and how we are all called to be disciples of Christ. That doesn’t necessarily mean we all have to go to another country and be a missionary. Instead we are all called to be disciples and spread the good news of the gospel wherever we currently are in life.
When I went home that night, I was on my hands and knees crying and praying and God spoke to me. He told me that I was not to give up on golf. He sweetly revealed how He had gifted me with a talent for golf in order that I might use it to reach those around me. In May 2012, I finished college and committed to go through the nine month training program with Downline Ministries. I recently graduated this May and learned about leadership, Bible, disciple-making, biblical womanhood, and spiritual life.
Also, while going through the training at Downline, the Lord graciously brought me through LPGA Tour Qualifying School, allowing me to earn my LPGA tour card and confirming in my heart His purpose for golf in my life. With my tour card in hand I now have the opportunity to spread the good news of His name on the LPGA tour this year. God is good!