I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I’ve been at home in Las Vegas and have been very fortunate to have some mild temperatures so far for this time of year. We’ve had temperatures in the high 90’s and have actually had quite a few storms last week. It’s definitely been by far my best summer in the Vegas valley.
June was a busy month for the LPGA Tour. We started in Galloway, NJ just outside of Atlantic City at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Seaview Resort was an awesome venue and we had some great views of Atlantic City from some holes on the course. On Saturday, three players, including my Duke teammate Alison Whitaker participated in a junior clinic on the driving range and showed off some trick shots in front of about 70 kids. I love working with kids, especially when after every shot, you hear “oooo”s and “ahh”s, even with some shanks and chubby wubby’s. For the weekend, some friends drove down from the Big Apple and watched me play Sunday, and we all went out to dinner in Margate City at a place called Tomatoes, where their Mac and Cheese was unbelievable.
The following week was in Springfield, IL at the State Farm LPGA Classic. I stayed with a host family on the 9th fairway and loved the fact that my commute to work was a 6 minute walk. I left the residential community for only 2 hrs that week, to go to the Pro-Am party; everywhere I needed to go was less than a 10 minute walk, or a 2 minute cart ride. That week also, I volunteered in the State Farm Autograph Tent where they had a hitting bay with tennis balls and Velcro target for kids to come by and give a shot. I, of course, thought it was a piece of cake until my turn when I missed my first 4 shots and my fifth barely stuck on the 7 ft tall target only 3 yards away. State Farm has been a great title sponsor for 19 years and it was the LPGA’s 36th year in Springfield. Unfortunately, it was State Farm’s last year as the title sponsor, and we are really hoping to find a new sponsor to return back for the 37th year in 2012.
Two weeks in a row and I was so ready to come home and have some couch time. After a quick unpack and repack, I was off to Rochester for the Wegmans LPGA Championship, the second major of the year. It was AWESOME. The trip was already great before I even boarded my flight, knowing that I could go back to the Wegmans grocery store. My first day there, I went to Wegmans for lunch in Pittsford, and it took me over 30 minutes to figure out what I wanted to eat. So, they pretty much have everything. Pizza, Chinese, incredible salad bar, sushi, Indian, American, bakery. I fell in love with Wegmans in Syracuse last year and am seriously hoping they consider opening one in Las Vegas. Throughout the week, we got to try different Wegmans recipes at the golf course, and fell in love with the Chicken French, and I think it was a Raspberry Mixed Green salad with feta cheese??? Even during the short rain delay on Thursday, I stuffed my face with sushi until I could barely swing when the storms passed. Locust Hill was a great course, and I couldn’t believe how tight the fairways were, really testing your accuracy off the tee. Pittsford was a great town with so many spectators who loved having us there; when you walk up every green, they start clapping even if you airmailed a bunker shot into the bleachers. (Yes, I did that and yes, it was embarrassing).
After Rochester, I made a quick trip to NYC and visited my old roommate and some friends from Duke, and also my teammate who decided to study abroad in China and was home for summer vacation. I loaded up on New York Pizza (my faaaaav) and rediscovered my love for Manhattan, and felt like I could walk around the city all day, every day, squeezing in a nap or two in Central Park.
July has been a little slower for me, since I did not play in the U.S. Women’s Open and did not qualify for the Evian Masters or the Ricoh Women’s British Open. I am anxious to get back and play some more in Portland at the Safeway Classic in August. Until then, I’m off to keep some competition going at a few Futures Tour events.
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