Well I can’t believe Christmas and New Year has been and gone. This past year really flew by, I think that must be a good sign! Last year was a crazy year for me but is was very good in so many ways. Lots of big changes were made, the biggest being packing up and driving to the south of Portugal with an amazing person I met at the start of the year to set up a golf academy.
One thing that didn’t change was my passion and desire to continue the path of following my dream. I chose not to go to tour school this past winter as I couldn’t justify the cost of it all in the hope that if I was successful I would get maybe a handful of starts. I have learned over the years that I need to compete regularly, I am unfortunately not too good at playing one event every 6 weeks or so. I would rather play smaller events but more often so that I can build up momentum and perform better and more consistent. I am also not so good at last minute starts, when I got a late call to an event I would always say yes, but I know that in my head I can perform better if I know I have prepared physically and mentally and know where and when I am playing. Of course I would rather be playing events for bigger prize funds but I’m hoping by having my schedule in place of smaller events I will be better prepared for the main goal which is LPGA qualifying school at the end of the year.
I am very excited for this year ahead and compared to the last couple of years I am in a much better place in my head. As a golfer I know that off the course things have to be in place and calm in order for me to perform my best so I am very optimistic for what is ahead. All I need to do now is try find some people to come with me. Having moved to Portugal it’s difficult to find sponsors as most sponsors of women’s golf are people you cross paths with and meet on the journey. Being so new here I haven’t really had a chance to tap in to that area yet, I had considered the “gofundme” options that I know some girls in America use but I’m not sure I like that idea. So for now I shall be sending emails, making phone calls, and doing my best networking for the less glamorous side of professional golf, but the vital part in it all coming together.
I feel I have so much more news to share but I will keep it for another blog – it means there will be another one
As always, thanks so much for reading and your interest and support. I wish you all lots of success on the golf course for 2017, but more importantly, health and happiness.