Junior diary: Signed and sealed as a Razorback
So I have had two tournaments since I last wrote, but neither of them went very well. I guess that’s just the way golf goes sometimes. As long as you learn from your mistakes, you get better.
Today I had the IMG signing party! I am really excited to officially be an Arkansas Razorback. The team has been doing really well this year, winning two of its three tournaments, so that’s really exciting! At the commitment party, everyone from every sport who is signing early was honored, and it was streamed live on the school website for all the parents who could not attend, and so my coaches from Arkansas could tune in! We had 10 golfers sign early, including my fellow blogger Cheng-Tsung Pan who is going to Washington.
Hally Leadbetter, 17, will file a diary every other week this fall as she finishes her final year at IMG Academies and maintains a busy tournament schedule.
Leadbetter, who had five top-5 finishes in FCWT events in the past year and four top-10 finishes in AJGA events, is bound for Arkansas in the fall. She is the daughter of golf instructor David Leadbetter.
One of my good friends, Laetitia Beck, who is a freshman at Duke, came to visit last weekend. A great thing about IMG is that everyone comes back to visit friends and see their coaches, so we all see each other once in awhile. IMG attracts athletes from everywhere, whether it is to train or even to work. I just started doing this program called “i-vision,” where we train our fast twitch muscles to respond more quickly. Chris Rogers, who was on the University of Alabama National Championship team, helped me get set up. It’s really cool to be surrounded by all these great athletes who know what it’s like to want to succeed and are willing to help you reach your dreams.
My next tournament is the FCWT event at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla., over Thanksgiving. I am really looking forward to this one because I love the golf course and I really feel like if I take what I learned in my last two tournaments, I can play well. Anyway, happy Thanksgiving everyone! Talk to you soon!