Rookie diary: Off to Morocco

March 14, 2010

Hello again, everyone!

Since I last wrote, I have been practicing hard and getting prepared to make my first trip overseas for the year to Casablanca, Morocco! I am sitting in the Orlando airport as I write this, getting ready to leave for my trip.

This past week, I practiced and played in Orlando. I had the privilege of playing a few times at Lake Nona and that was amazing. They have a beautiful course, and I was able to play with former Women’s British Open champion Karen Stupples. She hits it a mile, and she is so nice! My dad and I also went to her house for dinner, and her husband, whom my dad has known for a long time, cooked us some really good homemade barbecue. It was a nice meal to have on one of the last nights being able to eat American food.

I also played in the Florida Women’s Open this week. I was looking at it as a good warm-up event for the season, and I am glad to have gotten three competitive rounds in before my first big-time professional event. I had one great round, so that was a good start to my confidence-building for the season. I shot 75-68-77 and tied for 25th.

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Getting prepared for my first trip overseas has been a little stressful. After I play in Morocco, I am flying straight to Mexico for the Duramed Futures Tour event, so I had to pack for very different weather conditions. Packing for a tournament is always a challenge because you really never know when the weather might get crazy.

One of these crazy circumstances is going to be a “plague of attacking mosquitoes” at the course in Morocco. I received an e-mail from the Ladies European Tour this week warning us of this! I really hope that it won’t be that bad, but my dad and I are prepared! We went to the Bass Pro Shop in Orlando and bought the strongest repellent they had, and also went to the outlet malls and bought lightweight long-sleeve shirts to wear during the tournament. I plan on covering up as much as possible because I do not want to get eaten alive by the mosquitoes!

I am also trying to mentally prepare for being overseas and not being able to use my iPhone as much as I like to. I am one of those people that is texting constantly and always on Facebook or Twitter or reading the news on my phone. (By the way, you can follow me on Twitter @MalBlackwelder and on my Facebook fan page!) This is going to be a real challenge for me this year as I play on the Ladies European Tour because the data roaming is so expensive!

Well, that’s all for now! Getting ready to board the flight in Orlando for New York. Next week I’ll be able to tell you all about Morocco, my first tournament on the LET, and I’ll hopefully be able to say the mosquitoes stayed away from me!

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