Player diary: Bethany Wu (Part 3)
I just got back from the PING Invitational this week! It wasn’t one of my best weeks (I finished 12th at 13-over 229), but I had a ton of fun and I learned a lot! (Congrats to winner Megan Khang!) I played with Nicole Morales and Amy Lee in Round 1, and it was a blast! (Nicole is the other junior blogger this year so read her blog, too!) I’ve played with Amy in every tournament this year except for the U.S. Girls’ Junior, so it wasn’t a surprise to find out that I was playing with her in the first round. It’s always fun playing with people you know.
During my practice round, I was looking at photos on Instagram while I was waiting on the group ahead of me, and I saw AJGA’s photo of a preview of who was going to be the special guest, and it was Hunter Mahan! I love Hunter. He is my favorite player on the PGA Tour (shhh, don’t tell the others), and I just love his swing. It’s so silky smooth. I just couldn’t stop watching him hit balls, that’s how much I love his swing. I think everyone at Karsten Creek knew how excited I was to meet Hunter – it was probably the best thing that happened last week. He came out and did a clinic for us, answered lots of questions, and he played No. 18 with a few juniors. We’re all so thankful that he took time out of his schedule to come out and do that for us, so thank you, Hunter! We also got the chance to go to Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium, and have dinner where the athletes eat and play some football on the field. I think we all should stick with golf.. haha! Just kidding!
So now that the Ping is over, I can’t wait until the Polo Golf Junior Classic! I always look forward to that tournament since it’s the only match-play tournament on the AJGA schedule, and it’s at PGA National! We get to play the Haig and Champion courses for stroke play, then the top 32 girls play one round of match play on the Haig before going back to the Champion all the way to the finals. Match play is a totally different strategy from stroke play; it’s like playing 18 individual matches in one match. Last year, I made it to the semifinals and eventually lost to Angel Yin, so hopefully I can make it to the finals this year.
For now, I’m back at home in sunny Southern California and I have lots of catching up to do on schoolwork, so until next time! Whistles go Wu Wu!