Nontaya Srisawang - Rookie Blog One

Sawasdee ka (this is a word to say hello in Thai)

My name is Nontaya Srisawang. I am the youngest in my family and I have one sister. I am from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I grew up. My dad is the sports lover. He was on the Thai national basketball team and he played for the Thai team in the Asian Games 30 years ago. He would like for me to follow in his footsteps and had me play basketball, swim, and everything he could think of for years, but I knew that it wasn't me. When I was 12 years old, he taught me to play golf and Gotcha! I love it! and I've played golf ever since.

Chiang Mai, my home town, is located in the northern part of Thailand, about 700 kilometers or one hour by plane from Bangkok. It is a very beautiful and easy life. Chiang Mai is one of the cities surrounded by a ring of mountains with seven hundred years of fascinating history. Chiang Mai has its own very distinctive culture, arts, festivals, and traditions, as well as an exciting mix of local, ethnic, and expatriate communities from all over the world. It has been voted as one of the top destinations to live in Asia and is a modern and cosmopolitan city. If you have a chance, I would like to invite you to Chiang Mai. The most traditional festival that I love in Chiang Mai is Songkran, which is held annually from 13 to 15 April. The 13th of April is the Great Songkran day featuring the revered Phra Phuttha Sihing Buddha image parade around Chiang Mai town for bathing, sand pagoda forming, blessing of elders, and water splashing for three days. During this time of the year, the weather is rather hot so we will splash each other everywhere with water for three days in a row. It's a very enjoyable and fun time in my life.

After Q-School in December, I went back home, spent a wonderful time with my family and friends and ate all kinds of Thai food that I love for two weeks long. After that, I had a week off in Korea with my friend, went skiing, enjoyed shopping, and did anything I wanted without playing golf. I am so happy.

This year, New Year's Eve was not the same as usual - which I normally celebrated with my family - because I had three tournaments in Taiwan. This year, I celebrated my New Year's Eve in Taiwan with my dad in the hotel. Taiwan is very cool and windy this year. I think it is the same everywhere in the world because of the climate change, and the weather is more severe as we've seen on TV. Some were hot, cool, snow, flood, and had fires out of the ordinary. I think we should realize these changes and have everyone help to keep our world safe and green.

Now I'm in Thailand and practicing very hard at Chiang Mai Highland Golf and Spa Resort, Sankamphang Chiang Mai. It's a very beautiful golf course. I have plans to go to the USA again in April.

I can hardly wait to see what my tournaments in the LPGA will bring this season.

Thanks for reading my blog. Please come to see me and cheer me on this season.

Bye and see you.

Nontaya (Net)

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