So let me fill you in a little bit about life on tour. I started the month of June in Atlantic City, NJ. One of my best friends from Barrie made the trip down with me, which made the drive so much easier. On the way down, we made sure to stop at the "Jersey Shore" to get a glimpse of a true Guido! I must admit I watched a few episodes of the Jersey Shore show on MTV last summer. We hung out at the beach, took some photos with the infamous t-shirt shop owner Danny, and spent the evening trying to master the jersey accent!
We made it to the course the following day, and then it was back to business as usual. The golf course was beautiful. It almost reminded me of a true links course in Britain. The conditions were difficult the first round. I shot 74, which was a pretty good score on that day. The next day, I was paired with two top-30 players from Japan and Korea. It was a frustrating day for me. I made two costly mistakes on the front nine. I ended up shooting 75, which wasn't good enough to stick around for the weekend.
Next, it was off to Springfield, Illinois. I drove my car (a classic 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer - his nickname is Lance) 15 hours from Jersey to Springfield. Lance hung in there and I made it there safe and sound. The course in Springfield was very straightforward. It just goes to show you that any golf course can seem difficult on any day. I struggled with my putting. I just couldn't get anything going. It was a good learning experience for me. Looking back at it, I knew I needed to make birdies to have any chance of making the cut, and instead of being patient and letting it happen, I tried to force it and ended up making some bogeys instead of birdies. I spent Saturday morning fulfilling some of my rookie requirements. As an LPGA Tour rookie you are required to put in 12 hours throughout the year learning about the LPGA. I rode around the course with a rules official and spent a few hours in the media room.
Then it was back in Lance for the 11-hour drive back to Barrie. It's so nice to see the golf season finally in full swing up here. I am currently at home enjoying some down time and working on my game! You can follow my results on lpga.com and/or add me on Facebook (Stephanie Sherlock /Steph-Pro Golf). Thanks for all the support!
Take care, Steph
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