Gerina Mendoza - Rookie Blog One

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Gerina Piller hits a tee shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the LPGA State Farm Classic at Panther Creek Country Club on June 10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois.

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Hi, my name is Gerina Mendoza from Roswell, New Mexico. This is my first time ever writing a blog, so here we go.

Well, as I said, I grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, attended the University of Texas at El Paso, and now live in Dallas, TX. I am going to give a little background of myself for those of you who do not know me so you can learn a little more about me. I always get asked the question of when and how I got started playing golf. Well, I got into golf because I played baseball - yes, baseball with the guys - for 8 years, and I had a couple come up to my grandparents and ask if they could teach me to play golf. Of course my grandparents said yes and they went to Walmart and bought me the 5-club Wilson set. I never heard from the couple, so when I was in eighth grade, my dad asked if I would like to play golf. Not really knowing a whole lot about golf and having the impression that golf was not a popular sport, I thought about it and agreed that I would at least try it out. Besides, it was the next closest thing there was to baseball. In New Mexico, eighth graders are allowed to try out for the high school team in golf and other sports that are not offered at the middle school level. However, I was supposed to go to Roswell High School, but I really wanted to go to Goddard High School. In order to do that, I had to get a zone exemption which means that I would have to sit out a year in sports. So I sat out my eighth-grade year in order to play my freshman year. I made the traveling team my freshman year and participated in my first tournament at the age of 15. After that, I was hooked on golf and couldn't get enough. By my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to become a professional golfer. I then went to UTEP and got my degree in Math. I worked very hard on my game to prepare for the day I turned pro, and here I am living my dream as a professional athlete.

I have one sister, Kristen 13, and three brothers, Cameron 10, Michael 27, and Jorge Ray 30. I love spending time with my family and I try to spend as much time as I can with them during my off-season because I know that once the season starts, I don't get to go back home very often and see them. I am so blessed to have the life that I live, and I thank God for everything that he has given me.

I am very excited for this year to start and earn my full status on tour. I have enjoyed my off-season, however the cold weather lasted way longer than I would have liked. Maybe that was a good thing - so I wouldn't wear myself out on the course before the season even started. I did a lot of relaxing and stuffing my face this winter. I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend who plays on the Nationwide Tour and got to practice with him. I have learned a lot from him. It is going to be cool to see how we can help each other on tour this year. I am bound and determined to beat him by the end of the year.

I am actually in Orlando, Florida, getting ready to play the first round of the Florida Women's State Open. I am anxious to play tomorrow and get back into the competition. My swing feels great and I have a new outlook for this year. With the status I have, I am not sure how many tournaments I will be able to get into, but I look forward to stepping on that first tee being announced as a player on the LPGA. I plan on focusing mainly on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and getting one of the five cards that are handed out at the end of the year. Well, that is all for me for now, so until next time.....

Matthew 16:24

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