ACE!

My first ACE was recorded by The Golf Channel for the first show of Big Break Florida!

This week the tour featured me. What a nice article.

February 26 2014, Ward Clayton

Jackie  Stoelting was driving from Mesa, AZ, to Los Angeles on Monday, moving from one  Symetra Tour event to another on what could become an impactful day.
A quick lunchtime stop for a juicy In-N-Out  burger mid-trip kept her energized toward a mandatory late afternoon meeting in  LA for this week’s Volvik Championship. The Monday night debut of “Big Break  Florida,” the Golf Channel’s popular reality show that features 12 aspiring  women golfers, was scheduled for later that evening. Stoelting is one of the  participants who will attain newfound fame. She survived the opener,  highlighted by an ace on a 95-yard shot.
“That  show was honestly the most pressure I’ve ever felt,” said Stoelting, who got a  sneak peak of the first episode last week. “I played in and made the cut in the  U.S. Women’s Open last year, and any other time over 18 holes you have plenty  of time to make up for a mistake. On ‘Big Break’ you could hit one bad shot and  you don’t have time to recover. There was so much more pressure than I  anticipated.”
The  exposure is another step in Stoelting’s effort to prove herself. She currently  has conditional status on the LPGA (she barely missed in a Monday qualifying  playoff for the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic) and is focusing  on the Symetra Tour this season.
“I’ve  never been a really standout player,” Stoelting said. “I was involved in a lot  of other things growing up – singing, acting and dancing – and when I was asked  to be on the show, I just hoped it would help me to find sponsors and assist me  in reaching my goal of playing fulltime on the LPGA.”
Even  though golf hasn’t been her be-all, end-all, what with the stage interest and a  degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern, the 27-year-old Vero  Beach, Fla., resident has been driven.

Jackie at age 6 playing in the Indian River Junior Golf Tour

She started playing at age 4, her mother  was her high school coach, when she improved from a 100 shooter to an under-par  average, and was a two-time, second-team Division II All-American at Florida  Southern after earning a partial scholarship. She is the first Mocs’ female  player to attain LPGA status.
Jackie  met husband Travis, an assistant golf professional, at the 2009 PGA Show and he  proposed on the 18th tee of their home course in 2012. Travis also  serves as her swing coach and part-time caddie.

004When they were married last  May, Jackie was off to a Symetra Tour event two days later. She also qualified  for the U.S. Women’s Open last summer just after their honeymoon in Myrtle  Beach, S.C.
“When I got out of  college, there was no way I could give this up,” Stoelting said. “I thought I  could teach in a few years. I was young and didn’t want to feel bad that I  didn’t try. What helps me a lot in this journey is that this isn’t what I have  to do. That has put me at ease in my golf career.”

Here is a video clip of my interview about trying out for the show:

Interview about trying out for the show.