University of Washington alumna Charlotte Thomas is thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest despite the devastating fires that have severely limited practice time ahead of the tournament.
“You just kind of got to take what you can get and practice when you can and get as many holes in and see as much of the course as possible before play,” said Thomas. “I played here before so I feel pretty good. I really like the style of golf course.”
After the tournament was cut to 54 holes due to dangerous air-quality levels, Thomas spent the extra time trying to stay loose while getting in as much practice as she was allowed.
“I got out for an hour of practice and four holes yesterday. Monday, I didn't do anything. On Tuesday I went to an indoor facility. I was able to hit a few balls there and hit a few putts,” said Thomas. “Also cooked a little bit. Did some workouts, hung out. I'm staying in housing, so at least I have a little bit of company.”
Thomas has also been speaking to her family back in Australia, who experienced similar bushfires earlier this year. Thomas knows that while the fires have been an inconvenience to the LPGA Tour, there are so many people in this region who have been adversely affected.
“It's just sad to see. Like the Pacific Northwest is so beautiful and it's so sad to see this happening,” said Thomas. “Obviously, we're able to play golf, but there are a lot of people who have lost their homes and are struggling. It’s important to keep it in perspective.”
Charlotte Thomas spoke with LPGA.com’s Paula Hong in July. To read the interview, visit www.lpga.com/news/2020/humanity-and-humility-are-hallmarks-of-leadership-for-charlotte-thomas.