Player diary: Nicole fixes her putting

Robin Freeman, Nicole Noelle Smith and Alex Coe on the 18th hole of Palmer Private out at PGA WEST.

Robin Freeman, Nicole Noelle Smith and Alex Coe on the 18th hole of Palmer Private out at PGA WEST.

(OK, must do the daughterly thing here...)

I would like to start by congratulating and wishing my parents a happy 25th anniversary!

(Back to golf...)

This week has been a great one - simple yet full of golf and family time.

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Courtesy photo

Nicole's mom and great-grandmother on the left, while Nicole sits next to her grandmother at a local restaurant in the La Quinta, Calif. area.

I practiced all week out in La Quinta at PGA WEST, playing matches with some friends on the private courses. I worked a lot on my putting this week; I had a kink in it that just didn’t feel right. After working with coach Mike Hancock, we discovered that my alignment was all discombobulated. On Friday, I worked with my friend and PGA Tour professional, Robin Freeman, and we spent two hours on working on this, making sure I was aligned and confident. On Saturday, I spent time cleaning my clubs and grips, and then packed for this week in San Antonio.

The other part of my week was focused on spending time with the family. I had a great Tuesday with my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother shopping and lunching, and this weekend my brother came home to celebrate his birthday and Easter weekend. All of my extended family came to the house on Sunday to celebrate as well. My mother put together a wonderful brunch and my parents created a fantastically hard Easter Egg hunt with hard boiled eggs, candied eggs, eggs with money in it, and some with lottery tickets!! This egg hunt is no joke, it is difficult and all the adults get in on it. I happily won nine dollars out of the eggs. I love my family, and we are very close nit, so it is nice to get some quality time in with them, especially considering I am on the road traveling and playing golf for the rest of the summer.

This week I am back out on the road playing golf. Today, I left my house at 5 a.m. to catch my flight to San Antonio. When I arrived, I practiced a little, did a little grocery shopping and settled into my housing for the week. It’s been a very busy day, and week, and I need to be getting to bed to rest up for an exciting week at The Dominion Country Club!

Tune in next week to find out all about my tournament and adventures in San Antonio! Until next time….

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