My golf career started in the summer of 2005. I was 16 years old and decided I would have to play some serious "catch up" if I was going to make this work. But before I fill you in on the golf side, lets back up a few...well practically a decade before golf. I was a lean mean...softball machine?! Yup. I played softball on a travel ball team and loved every minute of it. I loved sports and played everything I could without overloading my schedule. From dance to volleyball I wanted to do it all... When entering high school I knew softball was my passion and hoped to play in college and professionally...but as sophomore year approached something changed. I had made it to the Western Nationals and was blessed to be on a team that fought till the end and ended up taking the title. As that moment of excitement overwhelmed me I never thought I would be switching to golf by the end of that year. Sophomore year was a test to make sure I really wanted to close the softball chapter. Now for those of you who have ever picked up a golf club you understand that it isn't something you just pick up easily. So what was I thinking? Although challenging, I fell in love with the game and knew I would have to play "catch up" if I wanted to play with girls who had been doing this their whole life....I spent all of the next 2 years beating balls and playing at every chance I had available...high school taught me not only the game but the hard work it was going to take to make this a career later on. After high school I attended Pepperdine university. Upon entering college my game was not quite where it needed to be to play full time with the Pepperdine team so I decided to play a year on my own and keep training so I could walk on the following year. You know those times when you try and plan things out....You end up doing something completely unexpected. I found an amateur tour hosted by the Golf Channel. The tour was mostly men but allowed women to play...I decided to try it out and see what I could do with my game. I ended up staying with them for four years and played on the national team for California and we won the national title. I was the only female but I always felt welcomed by everyone. This helped my game in ways unthinkable. I never ended up playing for Pepperdine and while some disagreed with my decision, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. This last May I graduated from college with a degree in Psychology and have been working on my game for the past 7 months preparing for this next adventure. Every week I will try to post a review on a product/book/ or anything I find along the way. This way you can get info on golf products that hopefully lead you in the right direction. I will be sharing my experience based on my truthful opinion. Feel free to comment and or discuss anything that you find different or exciting.
This week I read Shut Up or Putt Up by Lacy Maran
The book is a very easy and light read that provides enough laughs for a lifetime. The book is written with a witty sense of humor that jabs the funny bone. The tone of voice is forward and to the point. For any golfer this is a must read because we all at one time have used crazy excuses so we don't have to blame our poor swing for the end of the day score. To be honest the last 10 pages or so seem stray from the first half but must have been necessary to the writer. So when you have an hour to kill sit back and enjoy some of golfs greatest excuses....you know you need a laugh.
Also, I leave for my first event Saturday and am feeling excited and a little nervous. Can't wait for my first professional tournament!