Low: Started the year off with food poisoning the night of the first round of the year in the Bahamas. Somehow, I was able to play the 2nd round. I’ve never felt so sick on a golf course but I’ve never withdrawn and I didn’t want to start my year off that way.
High: I was able to take my mom on a bucket list trip to Australia. We had such a great time in Adelaide even though I missed the cut. We fed kangaroos, held a Koala bear, and took a wine bus tour! It’s a trip we will never forget!
Low: A week before we left for 3 weeks out west in March, our cat passed away.
High: My finish at the Kia Classic qualified me for the first major of the year: ANA. It is a very difficult major to qualify for so I was really proud of myself for getting in.
High and Low: Shot 3 under in the US Women’s Open Qualifier. Played 36 holes in one day and the 2nd 18 was in driving rain and shot 68. I finished tied for 3rd (3 spots available out of 70+ girls) but then finished 2nd in the playoff which gave me 1st alternate position. I was at the “strongest” site so I thought USGA would put me at the top of the list for alternates but unfortunately, I didn’t get in.
Low: I managed to follow my low round with my high round of the year and had no birdies in tough conditions. Golf can sometimes bite you in the butt!
Low: The next week, I woke up with pain in my lower abdomen. Fast forward a few weeks and I found out that I have a sports hernia. I had some pain here and there for the rest of the year but never felt like I needed to withdraw and I wanted to finish out my year and deal with it after the season.
High: I qualified for my 2nd major of the year: KPMG outside of Chicago. My in-laws were able to make the trip to come watch.
High: I made 6 out of 8 cuts in a row (Yes, I played 8 tournaments in a row, I’m exhausted just writing that)
High: We got to go to 3 fields this year for Pro-Am parties: University of Michigan aka “The Big House” (Travis was like a little kid and loved throwing a football on the field), Wrigley Field (got to go down into the dugout with LPGA Commish), and Lambeau Field (We are Chicago fans but still pretty cool to see the field in person).
Low: I wasn’t in the British Open so I had to do the Monday qualifier. After finishing my round on Sunday, we drove 2 hours to the St. Andrews Castle Course and walked the course to try and get familiar with the set up. The next day I had an early tee time and shot 1 under. I thought it would be good enough but I missed it by 1 shot.
Low: Rewind to a few days before the qualifier and we heard from my father-in-law that his wife (Margo) woke up with stomach pain in the middle of the night. After a few days of testing, they found out that she had a large mass on her stomach and she was diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic cancer. We got the call right after we finished our qualifier in Scotland and had planned to stay the rest of the week. The doctor gave her 6 months to live so we decided to stay and try and enjoy our mini vacation.
Low: 2 weeks after we came back and 2 days before we were leaving for another 3 week stretch, we got a call that you never want to hear. My mother-in-law was in the hospital and wasn’t going to make it. We were able to switch flights and have one last day with her in the hospital. It was the most gut-wrenching, heartbreaking and emotional day of my life. We left on a Monday afternoon for Canada and 2 days later she passed away. I’ll forever be thankful for my last trip with her in Chicago and the memories our family has made with her. I was very emotional the next few weeks on tour and it was very difficult to concentrate hence missing 2 cuts in a row (Portland missed by 1).
Low: Our trip back home was delayed a few days because of Hurricane Irma. I ended up 2nd alternate for Evian (another major missed by 1 shot) and decided not to take the risk to fly there. Good thing I didn’t because I wouldn’t have gotten in, and we flew home to no power and hurricane damage. Now we are waiting for our Insurance adjustor to come out with hope that they can help us! I also got an MRI while I was home and it was determined that I do have a sports hernia which most likely means I need surgery ☹
Low: After making a bogey on my 48th hole, I managed to make bogey or worse on the last 7 holes. I couldn’t make it stop. It was a combination of really bad luck, wrong club choices at times, and a mental lapse. I went from the top 10 to 73rd place in a matter of 2 hours. It was heartbreaking as I knew I needed to play well to keep my full card. Sunday’s round was a disaster and mentally, I was checking out. We played on and off the course all day and played a total of 9 holes before they finally called it. The conditions were the most difficult I’ve ever played in. This resulted in a Monday finish and meant I was going to miss my flight. My caddie/husband had to fly home (way too expensive to change his flight) and I had to re-book a whole new flight on another airline where I was stuck in a middle seat for 12 hours in economy (so uncomfortable!). I finished tied for 70th and went down on the money list.