Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 6)
Last week I came back from playing in the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in Dallas. I stayed with a great host family and we had a lot of fun. I was disappointed in my play the first round with a 75. I went into the tournament with a plan of playing shot by shot and not worrying if I hit a couple bad shots or even a bad hole. But, I got too result focused and was too hard on myself when I made a mistake early in the tournament. Once I realized the mental mistakes I made, I felt like I played better in the last round with a 71 and ended up placing third. I also enjoyed the off course events if the tournament. At one of the dinners, we got to listen to some stories Kathy Whitworth shared with us about her LPGA career and some of her golf experiences. She was so nice and friendly to us, always making sure we were having a good time. She even came out in the freezing cold the first morning to watch all the girls tee off which spoke volumes about her involvement and interest in the tournament as well as us as players.
This past Friday was prom at my school. I go to a small private school and we have a pretty small prom. I went last year with a guy from my grade and had a great time but this year I wanted to go with someone different. I took Michael Pisciotta, who is committed to play golf at Georgia Tech in 2014, and we had a blast. I had grown up with Michael and we have been good friends since we were about 10. Michael is home-schooled so he was glad to get to experience prom and I was glad to have him there. We were in a bus with about 35 other kids from my school and we all went out to dinner and took pictures before prom and then went to the prom.
My sister, Taylor, Michael and I went to watch the Linger Longer collegiate event at Great Waters which is about 30 minutes from my house. It was so nice to see some of my friends who I hadn't seen in more than two years. There were a few rain delays but between the rain we got to watch some great golf. We watched Ollie Schniederjans from Georgia Tech, fellow blogger Justin Thomas from Alabama and Nick Reach from Georgia. I was very impressed with all of their games. I learned a lot and I am glad I got to see how it is to play on a collegiate level. Playing junior golf has given me the opportunity to make lifelong friends. Even though we might not see each other for long periods of time, we are always there to support one another. Seeing all of the teams interact with one another made me even more excited to start playing for Clemson. I know that college golf will give me an opportunity to form an unbreakable bond with my team and I am looking forward to it.
Also, congratulations to Cory Whitsett and Alabama for winning the individual and team titles.
This week is my Spring Break so I will be spending the week preparing for the Kraft Nabisco. I leave on the 29th for California so I am focusing on playing a lot of golf so that I can work on all parts of my game. I feel good about my swing and I am getting really excited! I still can't believe I am going to be playing in an LPGA major! This opportunity is a dream come true for me and it is such an honor.
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but thereʼs no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter