So here it is…my very first blog post…ever! Ever?
Yep. I'm going to be honest. I haven't written too much since I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011. My coach encourages me to journal my tournament rounds (you know, the good, the bad, the ugly…) but that's really the extent of my writing career. So here goes…
The game of golf has taken me on a lot of amazing adventures over the last 15 years. I grew up in Langhorne, which is a suburb of Philadelphia in a house where my bedroom window literally overlooked the 18th green of a municipal golf course. It still took me about 9 years to finally walk over and see why people went crazy over hitting this small ball around this large course. I was interested in other things as a preteen, such as my friends, my neighbors, all other sports, learning new ways to annoy my little sister…you know, the usual things. I was 12 or 13 years old when I followed my older brother over to the golf course. Anything he did, I wanted to do. I realized I wasn't half bad, but it wasn't as easy as the other sports that I played, which I picked up relatively quickly. The challenge definitely drew me in. I enjoyed the solitude and serene surroundings that the golf course offered as well as the camaraderie and social aspect of the sport. It was different, and I liked that. From there, it all took off. I began to play on the high school boys' golf team along with my older brother. I went on to play for the University of Arizona in Tucson.
I sometimes find it hard to believe that golf has taken me to the places it has. In my opinion, It really is the greatest game anyone can ever play. It's a game that can afford us the opportunity to play whether we're 5 or 95. It is social, it's problem-solving, and whatever level we are at, we can always challenge ourselves to get better. It mirrors almost every aspect of our lives, the highs, the lows and how you're able to react and respond to both of them. I've gotten to see and experience a lot of different places, but what I am most grateful for is that this game has given me the opportunity to meet people and create relationships that I otherwise would have never been able to. I've been able to form some wonderful relationships through golf and for that, I will forever be thankful. I look forward to being able to document all of these experiences and being able to share them with you.
This past year, 2015, was somewhat bittersweet for me. It was a year of personal growth both on and off the golf course. My physical skills, along with my mental game, have continued to mature and improve each year that I have been a professional. I finished 21st on the Symetra Tour year-ending money list, which has been my highest ranking so far. I won two flattering awards at the end of the year and it was fun to be able to stand on stage and thank the people that have offered their unwavering support and love to me on my journey, namely my family and my coach. But I did fall short of obtaining my LPGA card for the 2016 season. As disappointing as this was, I consider it a stepping stone toward my future goals.
So here we are, now in 2016. I am extremely excited, optimistic, and motivated to make this an even better year than 2015 proved to be. Ladies Dream Golf has given me yet another reason to be so excited for this upcoming season. At the very first event of 2015, in Mesa, I was fortunate enough to meet the creator and owner of LDG, Kelley Shaw. After speaking with her, she left me with such a great impression of the Ladies Dream Golf fan community. I immediately realized that I wanted to be a part of this. I am so very proud to have been chosen to be LDG's Resident Pro and to be part of this community.
The proceeds raised through LDG's fantasy golf games will have a tremendous impact on me being able to reach my goal of playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. The life of a touring professional isn't always glamorous and the expenses can become quite costly, but it's the sheer love of the game and the pure joy of competition that drives us. Through the support raised by LDG's fantasy golf games, I am afforded the opportunity to continue to compete on the Symetra Tour in 2016, in hopes of earning a spot inside the Top 10 on the Money List. I will be able to add the necessary tools to win, such as employing a professional caddie. So I'd like to thank everyone in this community for their continued encouragement and support from afar. I am so appreciative for the opportunities that will be created for me through Ladies Dream Golf in the coming year! I'm also looking forward to contributing to this community and interacting with all of you! So let's do this! Here's to an exciting '16! ;)
Ps. I know Allie is talking a lot of trash over there about how she's going to beat everyone in the fantasy games this year. Don't let her intimidate you. Get your game faces on!