Once again, I'm sitting on an airplane and do not know where to start my blog. Lots of flight delays, weather delays, sunny and cool days since last time I talked to all of you. I went to to Europe for the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale and the RICOH Women's British Open. France was unbelievable, and I had a great time at that event. It was my favorite so far - the food was amazing and the views were breathtaking. It is located at a small town called Evian-les-Bains, right in the frontier with Geneve. There is a huge river that separates both countries and you can see it all throughout the round. I actually had my first hole-in-one as a pro on the second hole - a short downhill par 3 that faces straight to the river. It was a great week and I hope to go back next year.
We played the RICOH Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale this year. It was an honor to be at a golf course with so much history. The weather was not as bad as I expected it to be, but the conditions of lay were still really different from what I am used to. I guess that is part of being a rookie - you have got to be patient because experience is a great advantage out there. Speaking of being patient, on my way back to Colombia from Europe I ended up taking two days to get home. My flight from Liverpool to Barcelona got canceled and I ended up missing my connection, having to go to Amsterdam, etc. Another lesson from my rookie year, keep your mind open for new plans and things. It is really hard to have a set schedule when flights can get cancelled and you might get in a tournament the week before. I think it is fun though. I never know where I am going next and that keeps things interesting.
After my trip to Europe, I went back to Colombia and practiced for a couple of weeks. It was not all practice - I try to keep a balance between golf and my personal life. I spent good times with friends and family while at home. It is hard to be away for almost all year. But I also like to have my alone time to focus on golf, travel, meet new people and experience different cultures. I guess you can not have everything you want all the time. It is a good combination to have some weeks away and others to spend quality time with my love ones.
The next tournament was the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola at Pumpkin Ridge. I had been there before for a U.S. Women's Amateur and I love the course. This week was also exciting because Lady Gaga was in town for a concert on Thursday night. My sister, Silvia, is a big fan and I invited her to the concert as a birthday gift. We ended up going with Vicky Hurst, too. The show was incredible. We had a great time dancing and singing along. I started out with a rough round but came back on the second day and made the cut. It was another average week that gave me lots of confidence.
Our next stop was the CN Canadian Women's Open in Winnipeg, Canada. We played at St. Charles Country Club, one of my favorite courses so far. The fairways were tight and the wind was really strong, almost like in Britain. The course was full of deer, bunnies and many animals. I can't forget my biggest enemy that week - the bugs that seemed to like my skin a lot that week, LOL. There were millions of them and they looked like small helicopters. I learned another rookie lesson that week: never forget bug spray and mosquitoes seem to like black clothes and perfumes. I made the cut again, but still did not do so great. It is all about waiting for your week to come. I'm still waiting.
After going back home for a week, I am on my way back to the our next event in Arkansas. I feel confident about this week and I'm determined to make a move on the money list this week.
Wish you all lots of birdies and few putts,
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