Rookie diary: Preparing for the Jamie Farr

Yesterday I attempted to Monday qualify again for the LPGA event this week, the ShopRite LPGA Classic. I gave it a great effort and shot even-par 71, but missed a two-way playoff for the last spot by one shot.

It seems to be a trend lately to get really close and almost make it, but as they say, “almost doesn’t count.” So now I am headed home to practice and prepare for what will be my first LPGA event of my rookie season, the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (July 1-4).

To stay competitive, I am going to play in the Ohio Women’s Open June 21-22 in Defiance, Ohio. I didn’t sign up for the Futures Tour event this week because I originally thought I would be in Switzerland, but that didn’t fit very well into my schedule.

On a different note, I’m excited to announce my new partnership with Golf4Her, an online boutique for women’s golf clothing and accessories. This is my first official endorsement, so I’m very excited about working with the company, and I think the Web site is a fantastic place for women to go and find cute golf clothes, because that can be really challenging sometimes! The website is www.golf4her.com. So go check it out!

On another note, I had a different and funny experience the past two nights as far as my hotel arrangements.

Blackwelder’s Rookie Diary

Ever wonder what life is like for a LPGA rookie? Well, Mallory Blackwelder is here to tell you. Blackwelder, 22, will file a weekly diary on Golfweek.com to give you an insider’s view of life on the LPGA, LET and Duramed Futures Tour. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/MalBlackwelder.

As most of you know, my dad is back out on the LPGA working as a caddie, and he generally stays with another caddie to split the expense of a hotel room. This week, because there are condos right at the golf course, he and four other caddies are staying in a two-bedroom condo that also has two pull-out couches. One of them also brought a few air mattresses.

So when I decided to come to New Jersey and try to Monday qualify, they said that I could stay in the condo Sunday night because only two of them would be there. That worked out perfectly and was great because I was right at the course. However, I decided to stay for a pro-am Tuesday and needed a place to stay the night before as well.

My dad and his friends (who have known me since I was a baby), insisted that there was no reason for me to get a hotel room and that there was plenty of room for us all to stay in the condo. Just imagine six adults with two beds, two pull-outs and two air mattresses in a small condo!

I have to say, bunking in with the caddies gave me a whole new perspective on tour life. They sat around telling all kinds of “caddie stories” (most of which I’ve heard before) and just having a good time and relaxing for the start of the week. I really appreciated their willingness for me to save some money and stay with them, but I’ll have to say, an $80 hotel might just be worth the money next time!

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