Wow… it is December and the season is almost over. I have another tournament in Dubai on the Ladies European Tour before I get to go on my Christmas Break!
My rookie year on tour and as a professional is about to be over, and it has been quite a journey so far. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed my first year out on tour. It has been an amazing learning experience! It hasn't been easy and I have probably made all the possible rookie mistakes you could imagine, but I think that has been the beauty of it.
Since the last time I wrote, I had the opportunity to visit Asia for the first time in my life. It was quite special, and I was impressed with the food in Japan and Korea. I expected to get rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I realized how wrong I was. I played four weeks back-to-back, going to Mexico and Texas after Korea and Japan.
Lorena Ochoa did an amazing job hosting her tournament on her home track in Guadalajara, Mexico. It was truly a special event and my favorite tournament so far. I got really sick the days before the tournament and could barely stand Thursday morning, but there was no way I was not gonna tee it up. The crowds were amazing and I am very excited to go back there in the future!
Texas was quite a special event as well. It was such a long week with all the delays and I am not really used to getting Friday and Saturday off during the week. It was nice to get some time to rest and relax. I used the time wisely and decided to get a haircut Saturday afternoon. Normally, I like to have everything planned out, but this was kind of an impulsive decision. Trey Gillian, working at the Urban Retreat salon in Houston, Texas, came down to help us get ready for the Rolex Award Ceremony earlier during the week, so I decided to visit the salon during the rain delays. Trey did an amazing job, and I am very pleased with the result! I must admit I was a little bit scared once he cut my bangs and I realized there was no turning back. (I've never had bangs in my whole life.) Very stylish and something new!
I was very pleased with my finish in Texas, of course, and couldn't ask for more. I had the great honor of playing with Jiyai Shin the last day. What an exciting race she and Lorena had for the Player of the Year Award! It was fun to watch. Congratulations to both Jiyai and Lorena for a great year!
I am truly living my dream. I have the best job in the world and I get to play against the best female golfers in the world! I would like to thank all of you for your support and for making it possible for me to play golf. I wouldn't be here without the support of my sponsors, my coaches, my friends, and my family. Thanks for always being there for me!
I hope you will all keep following me and my continued journey around the world, even though I won't be a rookie next year. I hope you have enjoyed getting to know me a little bit better through my rookie blog in 2009.
Take care and Happy Holidays,
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