Went to a soccer game where they hosted the World Cup this year and we visited Stanley Park in Vancouver.
About 11 months ago, I shot a 64 to get into a playoff in my last Symetra Tour event of the year. I stood on a stage a few hours later with an LPGA card in my hand. 5 long years of hard work, thousands of miles on my car, tears, and lots of smiles got me to realize my dream. Now, 11 months later, I finished my first full year on the LPGA. Before I wrap up my year, let me fill you in on my last 3 events. I played in Portland, Vancouver, and Prattville, Alabama.
The Pacific Northwest is as beautiful as everyone says. I was not disappointed! Portland was a fun city with lots a great food and a beautiful tree lined golf course. I had a local caddie, Grant, for the week because Travis had a family wedding. Grant was a great guy who helped keep me calm and made a lot of great reads on the greens for me. I started with a solid 1 under and frankly, I hit it terribly. I scrambled really well and made a lot of great saves. Unfortunately, I pulled a tough wave as weather rolled in on the 2nd day in the afternoon. I pulled the last tee time and had to play 10 of my 18 holes in rain. It was difficult and hard to get any momentum. Another heartbreaking cut, missing by 2 and another learning experience. However, I had a great time with my caddie and can’t thank him enough for the support that week! I also got to meet my new clothing sponsor that week, 2nd Guy Golf. I enjoyed an awesome sushi dinner with Russ, LJ and Justin and got to know them a little bit better. Their company has an awesome mission and I’m excited to be a part of it! Check them out www.2ndguygolf.com
Vancouver is another beautiful city! I didn’t have my best game that week but never gave up and fought till the last putt dropped. Travis and I would love to take a vacation one day and go to Portland all the way up to Vancouver. It was so beautiful and there is so much to do that we would love to explore while not “working”. Our host housing had their grandchildren for the week who are our nieces’ ages. We had so much fun hanging out with them playing pickleball and Rummoli (a card and chip game).
Unfortunately, I didn’t make enough money to keep my card but this is only going to make me stronger. My first year on Symetra, I didn’t make enough money to keep my card, played awesome at Q-School and finished 12th the next year. If history repeats itself, I know I can compete out on the LPGA. It was a long but fast year. I learned a lot about myself, my game, how to manage my time, and what I need to get better and win. I’m eager to play at Q-School and earn my way back out there next year. In the mean time, I’m going to play in a few Symetra Tour events to stay competitive. I earned a free year out there from the Big Break so I might as well take advantage and keep my game in shape!
Thanks to my sponsors for believing in Team Stoelting this year: Meadowood Golf and Tennis Club, Ping, Titleist, FootJoy, GolfHer, 2nd Girl Golf, Kentwool, and Blingo Ballmarks.
I’ll leave you with a few numbers from my year:
Flights I have been on this year: 45
Host families: 12 (thank you to those who have hosted the Stoeltings!!)
Driving accuracy: 76.88%
Scoring Average: 73.75