Belen Mozo - Rookie Blog One

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Belen Mozo of Spain plays a bunker shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the Kia Classic on March 24, 2011 at the Industry Hills Golf Club in the City of Industry, California.

My dear future fans - Hello everyone! This is my first blog as an LPGA Rookie and I have to say that I'm excited to give you all a glimpse of my life. Currently, I am sitting on a train going back from Madrid to Cadiz - home for me in the south of Spain - after being accepted for my American visa! Yay! Now that I have the legal permit to play on the LPGA Tour, I can actually say I feel the excitement going through my veins! But let's rewind a little bit so I can introduce myself properly.

I am a 22-year-old girl, born and raised in Cadiz - a beautiful beach city in the south of Spain. At the age of 14, I moved out of my hometown to start living my dream of playing golf and going to school in Madrid. I got a scholarship to play for University of Southern California and didn't think twice; the idea of living in California for four years was pretty tempting, not to mention at such a prestigious university. So I accepted and I can gladly say that those were by far the best four years of my life. Not only because I learned a lot in school and successfully graduated in International Relations, but because of the people that touched my heart. Yes, I met my boyfriend there, a gorgeous Colombian tennis player that, like me, is attempting to become one of the best players on the ATP. I am a big believer in education and in pursuing a college degree and so I did.

But not everything at USC was great; I did have my bumps in the road. I went through shoulder surgery in June of 2009, which put me in rehabilitation for the next eight months. It was in February that I started swinging a golf club again. I'm sure most of you guys feel sorry when things like this happen to athletes, but to me, it was more of a lesson that life taught me rather than an obstacle. It did knock me down, it did make me suffer, but it also taught me how to stand up even stronger and more hungry than ever to achieve my goals! So I worked super-hard to rehabilitate my shoulder strength, flexibility, and movement to a point that in less than three months I qualified for my first U.S. Women's Open. And that is when I decided to turn pro, because this is what I always wanted to be and I knew it was the right choice.

After the Open, I earned sponsor invitations to play a handful of LPGA and LET events, all while I was still finishing my degree! Of course right at the end of my final semester came Qualifying Schools for LPGA and LET. Trust me when I say it was the most hectic last semester of my life. Trying to graduate while at the same time I was fighting through both LET and LPGA Q-Schools is not something that I would recommend. But I managed to go through with everything, earning both cards and a beautiful degree. By the way, they sent the diploma home with a typo in my name!

So that was a small recap of my life. Now that you guys know a little bit more about me, it will be easier for me to share my feelings and experiences with you on the road to excellence. I am thrilled to see what the Tour is going to teach me and I am ready to be one of the best students out there. Of course, by doing my homework every day, excellence will one day be achieved!

I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do.

As we say in Spain 'A big fat kiss',

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