Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 15)
It is hard to believe this is my final blog for 2013. The year has gone by so fast. My schedule has been full, but that is what has made it such a fun year. Now that I have completed my first semester of college, I can let out a huge sigh of relief. I am proud that I managed to earn a 3.40 GPA and maintain my practice schedule on the golf course. Being a student athlete is not easy.
Now that finals are over, I am putting as much time as possible into my workouts at the gym. During the season, we train two to three times a week. Since I am taking some time away from tournaments, I am trying to go almost every day. Thankfully, my sister, Taylor is just as committed to fitness as I am so I always have a workout partner. I went to Sea Island for a lesson with my instructor, Todd Anderson, a few weeks ago and I was very happy to hear him say he could tell a difference in my swing and strength since my last lesson. We are not changing much with my swing but I can tell I am using some new muscles and feeling sore in new places. I have another lesson later this month and I am excited to continue getting prepared for 2014.
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love baking cookies and listening to Christmas carols with my family! I got an early “present” when I got a call from the USGA last week with an invitation to the Curtis Cup practice session in Houston. There are 14 of us invited, but only eight girls will make the team. I am really looking forward to meeting the United States Captain, Ellen Port and learning all I can from her. She has won six USGA titles, which is a tremendous accomplishment! I remember telling my family last January that I wanted to make this team. My dad looked at me and said, "'only eight Americans can make the team and there are a lot of good college players out there'". Not to discourage me but to make me understand getting to this team is not an easy feat but it was something I was willing to work towards. I know the other 13 girls are awesome competitors and I am blessed just to have the opportunity to compete with them for a spot.
With the successes I’ve had in 2013, there were some unexpected things that came along with it that caught me off guard but helped me grow as a person. As golfers, we spend hours worrying about how to get this little white ball into a hole but throughout the year I realized how small of a part I am playing in this bigger picture. During my last round of the college season, I was not playing very well. I was on the 16th tee waiting on the group to clear off the green when I noticed a girl who was about 7 years old with her dad standing next to the tee. I had just made my third double bogey of the day and was around 6 over at that point so I wasn’t exactly in the best of moods. I heard the dad whisper to his daughter, “That’s Ashlan Ramsey, that’s the one you wanted to come watch.” I realized that little girl was just like me when I first started playing and it made me think about my dad taking me to LPGA events and getting balls thrown to my sister and me by the players and how excited it made me feel. That feeling is part of what eventually inspired me to play golf; I wanted to be just like them. So before I teed off, I went over and talked to the girl and gave her a ball which was exactly what I needed to relieve the stress I had been feeling all day. It was just a small conversation but it definitely put things into perspective for me. I want to be able to lead by example and show people of any age that it is important not only to do what you love but also to never forget how blessed we truly are. God has blessed me with many things and I hope to use them to give back to others in some way!
I have an awesome family within my Clemson team, made great friends and memories that will last me a lifetime. I wouldn’t have been able to do so many great things this year without my family and friends being there and making it all happen. Over the next few weeks, I will be practicing and enjoying time with my family for the holidays. After Christmas, my parents are moving to Greenville, S.C., which is only about 45 minutes from Clemson so it will be very nice to have them closer.
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” –Bobby Unser