Pornanong Phatlum - Rookie Blog Four

What an incredible Safeway Classic in Oregon. I'm the 1st on the alternate list. I decided to go to Oregon on Wednesday morning. I flew from Ashburn, Virginia to Portland, Oregon. It was a very long flight. I started feeling sick when I arrived in Oregon. When I was about to have lunch, I got a sharp stomachache. P'Jub (my manager) sent me to the emergency room and things turned out to be not too serious. The hospital released me in the late afternoon. I would like to thank the doctor and nurse at the emergency room for making me feel better right before the start of the tournament. I only had the chance to practice on Thursday morning before the Pro-am started. I could only finish the back nine holes.

On Friday, I arrived at the course around 6:00 a.m. I didn't think anybody would withdraw, but I still wanted to practice in case something happened. After I finished practicing, I sat on the patio in front of the clubhouse. Watching the other players who were practicing before their tee-times made me feel that if I had a chance to play in the event, I would do my best.

My dream came true around 8:30 a.m. when an LPGA official was looking for me and told me that I was in and my tee time was 9:16 a.m., 1st tee. OMG! I never had a chance to play on the first nine, and I played with Jiyai Shin and Suzann Pettersen. I did very well on the first two rounds, but the final round was not my day, even though I got a hole-in-one on the 16th.

I would like to Thank You, P'Aud, my caddie, who we just met thru the Thai restaurant called "Red Onion". You are the best. I also would like to thank you, R- Dang, the owner of Red Onion, for delicious meals to the Thai players for the whole week, and all the fans that walked the course with me for three rounds. Because of your support, I had the energy to fight. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Oregon.

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