Player diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 18)
I know it has been quite some time since I have checked in, but things have been crazy lately as I have transitioned from being an amateur to professional golfer. The process has taken a lot of work and support, but I am finally getting into the groove of things.
After playing the Curtis Cup in June, I declared myself as a professional and played in both the Michigan and Texas Women’s Opens to start my career. I played pretty well in both events – and even though I found things I need to continue to work on, I was happy to shoot some under-par rounds and ended up tied for second in both events.
As I have mentioned before, I am working on a few things in my swing, so I took a lot of positive things away from shooting those scores consistently. As I've been working on these with my coach, Todd Anderson, I have found it is definitely a tough process but is something that is necessary to take my game to a higher level. I have been able to trust the changes under pressure, but it is something I will need to continue to work on.
I’m looking forward to the rest of my summer, as I have some exciting events coming up. I recently went to Ohio to play the Monday qualifier for the LPGA Marathon Classic. It was my second Monday qualifier, so I was looking forward to testing my game and hopeful to earn a spot and get another chance to play in an LPGA event. I played well and came in with a 1-under par 70, which I felt was a solid score for that course. I was proud of the way I committed to each shot and hung in there when I wasn't hitting the ball my best. I was preparing to go into a playoff after my round, because five other girls tied at 70. But two scores of 67 came in, which meant I fell short of qualifying. It was disappointing because I felt like everything had come together. But I will take this experience and move on, taking the positives and using them for the next 4 weeks.
Coming up next, I will be going to New York to play two Symetra Tour events that I have received sponsor exemptions into. The events are played in Albany and Syracuse, so I am excited to play in my first event on the Symetra Tour and see what it is like out there. I went to Syracuse to participate in a media day with Madison Pressel, where we got to play the course which helps to ease my mind. I have also received a sponsor exemption into the Symetra event in Richmond, Va., which is held August 13-15.
My dad will be traveling with me and caddying for me the rest of the summer, which has worked well so far! He caddied in both the Kraft Nabisco Championship and Kingsmill Championship, so we are both looking forward to these events. Even though we have only been on the road for a few days, it has already been an adventure. We keep joking with each other that we need to write a book from all of the crazy things that we have gone through. Sometimes we both give each other the ‘is this really happening’ look – but it helps to know that no matter what I am going through, we will go through it together. As exciting as it is, I am still very new to professional golf and it is great to be able to figure it out together.
I plan to play in LPGA Q-School in the fall. Although this is all very new to me, I am beginning to get the hang of things and am starting to figure out how things work. I have also signed with an agent, Wills Fauntleroy of The Legacy Agency, who has been a big help to me and my family in getting my schedule organized and made sure that everything is taken care of off the course. I hope to check back in soon with some good news!