Rookie diary: Looking forward to State Farm

I played Monday in the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Ill. The course was in perfect condition and I really enjoyed playing there. I was a little surprised at the setup, however, because it was much shorter than any of the other USGA qualifiers I’ve played.

As I’m sure most people already know, this year there was only sectional qualifying, which consisted of 36 holes. I hadn’t walked 36 holes since my sophomore year of college, and I could tell today! It was extremely hot and humid and my legs are definitely tired today!

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I played solid for most of the day, only making a few mistakes here and there, but once again I just didn’t make enough putts and enough birdies. I only made three birdies the whole day and shot 74-73 to miss the playoff for the last two spots by one shot.

When I evaluate my game at this point in my career, I notice that on my average day, I usually don’t make all that many mistakes, I just don’t make enough birdies to cancel out the few mistakes that I do make. I really feel like I need to be averaging at least four to five birdies a round to take my game to the next level. I am going to work on my swing over the next few weeks off and get ready for my Monday qualifier for the State Farm LPGA tournament in Springfield, Ill.

After that, I will go play an LET event in Switzerland and then come home to prepare for the Jamie Farr Owen’s Corning Classic in Toledo, Ohio. I was absolutely thrilled to find out a few days ago that I received a sponsors exemption into the event!

The Jamie Farr is the same event that I Monday qualified for as an amateur a few summers ago. I am so excited to go back and play in the event and I am also really excited because a lot of my friends from home are going to make the trip up from Kentucky to watch me play.

Something that has changed in my situation over the last week is that my family decided it was best for my Dad to go back out on the LPGA and caddie for a little while. I am a little bit sad to think that he won’t be with me at my next few tournaments. He is going to work for Sandra Gal, who was my teammate at Florida.

So far this year, I have been paying for his expenses, and as I mentioned in my first blog, money is tight for a rookie, so we’re trying to cut my costs and see how that goes for a little while. So now everyone can cheer for me and Sandra to play well week to week!

That’s all for now, hope everyone have a great week!

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