Phoenix was a busy week for me! Ping headquarters is located there so I got to take a trip to dial in all of my clubs. There’s no better way to feel reassured than getting on a trackman to check all of my numbers to make sure each club is correct for me. I made a few tweaks to a few clubs and Travis and I got to visit the Ping putter vault. Every person who has used a Ping putter to win a professional tournament has a golf putter in this vault. It’s really neat to look at all of the putters and hopefully have one of my own in there one day! Ping also unveiled a new ladies Ping logo that we now have on our head wear and bags. I feel honored to be a part of Team Ping!

This event is also known as the Founders Cup so there are legends, founders, and pioneers in attendance all week. The rookies had a selfie challenge to take selfies with as many of those women as we could. I took pictures with both founders there, Marilynn Smith and Shirley Spork, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster and Judy Rankin. I won the challenge and won a gift certificate!! Unfortunately, I still haven’t met my childhood idol Karrie Webb but I know one day I’ll get the guts to talk to her!

I also helped out with a clinic this week for Symetra clients. Symetra financial has been a huge support for the Symetra Tour and it’s great to be able to connect with them again.

This event is also known as the Founders Cup so there are legends, founders, and pioneers in attendance all week. The rookies had a selfie challenge to take selfies with as many of those women as we could. I took pictures with both founders there, Marilynn Smith and Shirley Spork, Nancy Lopez, Juli Inkster and Judy Rankin. I won the challenge and won a gift certificate!! Unfortunately, I still haven’t met my childhood idol Karrie Webb but I know one day I’ll get the guts to talk to her!
I also helped out with a clinic this week for Symetra clients. Symetra financial has been a huge support for the Symetra Tour and it’s great to be able to connect with them again.

The first round I was the first off at 7am. We woke up at 4:30 and it was pouring. Yes, we are in the desert where it “never rains”. We didn’t think we would play but still needed to get to the course and be ready just in case. Around 6:15 we were told a 2 hour delay. Fortunately, we had awesome housing that lived a mile away so we went back home. Delays are always tough so we thought it would be best to go back and rest for an hour without many people around talking about the delay. We went back around 7:45 when it was still raining. It finally let up around 8:15 and I thought I really needed to start practicing since we were supposed to tee off at 9. I hit balls in the light rain until an official told us another 2 hour delay to get the course ready as it was unplayable. Finally we teed off at 11 which is the time we would have been through at least 15 holes. That 4:30 wake up call was starting to set in! I hit the ball awesome! I was excited to see improvements after my swing change. Unfortunately, I 3 putted 3 holes to make the turn but made 2 birdies coming in to shoot even par. Not bad, but not great. I left a lot out there as I missed several short putts for birdie and par. The conditions were ideal with lift, clean and place with little wind. The scores were low and I needed a good second round to make the cut.
Because of the delay, the second wave didn’t finish their round, therefore our tee time on Friday was 3:15p.m. We knew we wouldn’t finish our round and would have to wake up around 4:30 Saturday to finish. Once again, I had an awesome ball striking day, but unfortunately my putting failed me. 2 more 3 putts and I was even through 14 when the horn blew. I had to birdie 2 of my last 4 holes to make the cut and now I had to sleep on that thought. As you can imagine, I didn’t get much sleep as my mind kept playing those 4 holes over and over. The next morning, I barely missed two birdie putts to start and almost holed out on 17 for a hole in one. Made a birdie and went into 18 needing one more. I gave myself 25 feet uphill and gave it a run. It just burned the edge and I missed the putt coming back. I had to give my first putt a chance to go in as one under wouldn’t have done it. Missed the cut by 2 and I shot even par. Usually even is good enough but not this week. I felt really let down. I had 5 3 putts which is really unlike me. I was so frustrated. I finally had my best ball striking week so far this season but I couldn’t get the job done. However, I looked at the positives with hitting the ball well and getting it up and down on every hole I missed the green. I’ll focus on putting the next week and I know everything will come together soon.

Saturday night, we got together with my POD (fellow rookies: Kendall Dye, Mallory Blackwelder, and Therese Koelbaek) with our guys and Nancy Lopez. It was great to listen to Nancy’s stories and her advice. Thank you to our awesome housing, Deirdre and Joe! We had such an awesome time with them and are so fortunate they took a chance to house us for the week!! 🙂 we have already made some life long friends this year and appreciate the support!