Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 10)
It has been a busy few weeks since my last blog. Two more tournaments and two more wins and I did my freshman orientation at Clemson.
After my win at the Women’s Eastern Amateur, I came home for a day and repacked and left for Dayton Ohio to compete in the Women’s Western Amateur. My mom dropped me off at the airport and wished me luck on my trip to stay with my new host family. The Western Am was a match play event so my dad just bought me an one-way ticket and told me he was not planning on seeing me until the tournament was over on Saturday.
The week started off good. I shot 69-72 during stroke play and felt like I was in good shape heading to match play. My first few matches went well. I won 5&4 and then 4&3. Thursday afternoon I had a tough match against Kacie Komoto. We both fought hard and I ended up winning 2 up. My semi final match was against Gabby Then, who is a good friend of mine. We have played a lot together in AJGA tournaments and I new I would have to play my best to beat her. We both played great only making one bogey between the two of us but I made a lot of birdies and pulled out a 3&2 win. I was very happy to make it to the finals and was looking forward to playing Jenna Hague on Saturday.
Unfortunately, I had an adventurous morning before the finals. I woke up and started to get ready which usually includes a little light stretching. As I was stretching my neck, I tilted my head left which then made my right arm/shoulder and neck tense up. I had never had this happen before but I was hopeful that it would somehow go away because at that point I couldn’t turn my head right or down. Luckily, my host family knew an orthopedic doctor across the street who woke up to come and try to help me. He iced it and gave me a muscle relaxing cream. I made it to the range 45 minutes before my tee time but could only manage to hit about 25 shots with my 7 iron. None went more than 90 yards. I knew I couldn’t win hitting every shot in so much pain and with such a foreign swing so I asked the tournament director if I could delay the tee time to give my shoulder a chance to loosen up. I was granted a 15-minute medical delay (as allowed in the Rules of Golf) which helped tremendously. I called my dad and we discussed several options. We discussed conceding the first few holes just to give my neck a chance to loosen up while I walked the fairways but I decided to give it a try. I managed to hit a tee shot down the fairway, reach the green in two and made a long birdie putt to win the first hole! I was 4 up through the first 18 and then won the match 7&6.Winning such a prestigious event was awesome and for it to be my third win in a row made it even better!
I flew home right after the finals, spent 18 hours at home, then drove to Clemson that night for orientation on Monday and Tuesday. It was great to see all the girls on my team who are going to summer school and to spend some time with them. We got registered for classes and made sure everything was good to go for the fall. Its crazy that I only have a few more weeks until I’m in college!
I was supposed to drive to Columbus, Ga., Tuesday afternoon for the Georgia Women’s Top 60. I really wanted to play but after discussing it with my parents, we thought it would be better to give my body time to rest after playing so much golf in the previous weeks. I rested up Wednesday and Thursday then my mom and I drove to Kiawah Island Friday morning to start preparing for the US Women’s Amateur qualifier. I played three practice rounds and then had my Uncle Scott caddy for me in the qualifier. I thought we worked well together and I shot 68 to win medalist honors and qualify for the Women’s Amateur.
Now that I am back home for a week, I am going to use this time to practice my short game at Reynolds Plantation before I leave for Truckee, Calif., to play in the Women’s TRANS Amateur Championship. I have been fortunate to have great host families at the tournaments along with my friends and family support at home. Even though I am the one hitting the shots, it is their continuous encouragement and support that allows me to keep doing what I love.
“Somehow the spirit in sports makes us want to do our best - probably because the greatest satisfaction often comes from the greatest effort.” -Unknown