I hope everyone has enjoyed this Memorial Day weekend with family and friends, but also remembered those who lost their lives fighting for our country. We are all blessed to live in this country and THANK YOU to everyone who is currently fighting and those who have fought for the USA in the past.
I spent the start of my Memorial Day weekend playing my 5th tournament in a row. We now have an off week on the Symetra Tour and I will use this week to spend time with my Grandfather, my Aunt, Uncle and cousins who all live on my way to Michigan for our next tournament.
Photo by Scott A. Miller Photography
Photo by Scott A. Miller Photography
Photos from a "Day In The Life" on Instagram
Me and one of our host family's dog, Bogey
Sunrise the morning of Round 2 in Ft. Myers
Now, to update everyone on the last few weeks on the Symetra Tour:
Busy has been a great word to describe my last five weeks on tour! This is our longest stretch of the year where we play nine of ten weeks in a row. This is a much needed off week before I complete the swing with four tournaments in the Great Lakes area. I am looking forward to my time in Ohio and Michigan because I have family who will be able to see me compete.
Weeks 1-2 – This set of tournaments began in Sarasota, FL for the Guardian Retirement Championship. The Symetra Tour had me take over their Instagram account for a “Day in the Life” of a professional golfer on tour. This was a very fun experience getting the fans involved in day in one of our lives! My results were not what I had wanted and I missed the cut, but it was a fun week and then I headed straight to Ft. Myers, FL for the second tournament. Katie Mundy, who I travel with, was gone this week because she was getting married and I know it was a very special day for her and Brody! Ft. Myers was a close drive as it is just South of Sarasota and our title sponsor was Chico’s who many of you probably know of their clothing. The rain however followed us so we had to deal with delays and extra holes on the last day. I have learned very quickly to expect the unexpected and be prepared for anything. The Florida Gulf Coast is beautiful and the sunrises are simply remarkable. My golf momentum began to pick up this week as I made the cut and scored more consistently with 74-74-73. I caught a quick flight to Greenwood, SC for our next week of play.
Weeks 3-5 - Greenwood, SC holds the distinction of having the tournament with the highest purse of the year. In addition, the Symetra Tour hosted many Legends from the LPGA – Pat Bradley, Jan Stephenson, Meg Mallon and Beth Daniel to name a few. This tournament has been one of the most memorable events of the tour and lived up to every expectation. We had the LPGA club fitter available all week, massage therapist, physical trainer, and a Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Healthcare trailer from the title sponsor. It was an awesome week filled with first class treatment. Not only did I make the cut, but I broke through with my first top ten finish ending up T8th. With the momentum rolling I moved on to Asheville, NC for the Friends of Mission Charity Classic where I experienced many firsts on the tour this season. I capped off three great days of golf by playing in the final group on Sunday for the first time, being under par for the tournament at -3, and finishing in the top 3 for the event. Check out the video to the right about my thoughts heading in to the final round. While the golf was definitely the highlight of the week, I also got to throw the first pitch for the minor league Asheville Tourists baseball game and visit the Biltmore Estate. This past week I ended five weeks in Charlotte, NC for the Symetra Classic. I participated in Rock the Putt the day before the tournament which is “Golf’s only music-themed competition.” It was a very fun putt-putt competition and I won two rounds, but lost to the eventual winner. During the tournament I made a 45 ft. putt on the 18th hole of the second round to make the cut. I followed that up with a 71 in the final round and moved my way up the leaderboard into a T37th overall.
Pat Bradley and I
Allie White and I before we both threw out the first pitch
Katie, Me, and Katelyn standing in front of the Biltmore
Having fun at "Rock the Putt" in Charlotte, NC
After this week of travel and rest we head to Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois for a four tournament swing. I have never been this far north – the Upper Peninsula of Michigan - so I am excited to see a new part of the country! My family will be coming to our next event in Battle Creek, MI also so it will be really good to see them! Life on the road has been educational, exciting, tiring, but I am blessed to have these opportunities and I am excited to see where this game will continue to take me! Thank you for following my travels!