Junior diary: It looks to be a busy semester

Hi everyone!

Wow, I can’t believe 2011 is here and that I’m graduating soon! It is all going so fast. I just played two amateur tournaments, the Sally and the Dixie Am. I didn’t play so great in them but it was such a great experience playing four-day tournaments. One of the most amazing things about the Sally was that I was paired with Diana Schwab who played my mom in the finals of the 1977 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. It was great to have the honor of playing with her.

Junior diary

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.

I finished my semester exams finally, which was a little hectic because I was gone for the Sally, so I had to make them up when I returned.

My friends on the golf team in Arkansas were sledding today. The climate is going to be quite a change for me, but I’m looking forward to playing in some tough conditions.

This week is our second week back from Christmas break, but the first week of the semester so we have 15 new students, only a few of which I have met, so it will be fun to meet some new friends. I’m getting this year off to a great start – I’ve always had a tendency in my swing and I’ve committed to finally iron it out of my natural motion. That means hitting a lot of balls. Also, I switched to a belly putter which I was a little apprehensive about at first but my stroke feels great with it, so why not? So other than that, it’s great to be back at IMG Academies with my friends and teachers. I don’t know what I’ll do without them next year, but I know we will all stay in close contact and remain close throughout our entire lives. Who knows, maybe a few of us will be on the pro circuits together!

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