I must attribute this competitive spirit to my father, who began teaching me how to play when I was six. As I got older and older, my inner drive to get better and better at golf continued to grow as well.
After every tournament, my dad and I were talking about where I should improve. He was my traveling companion, my packer, and my coach at the same time – so we set some goals together.
Since I got to middle school, the goal has been to get a college golf scholarship.
I will never forget my father’s reaction when I told him I was going to Middle Tennessee, a school not far from our hometown of Knoxville. He was high. This is why he is my biggest fan. He loves golf a lot, and for him that means seeing me there.
While my challenges and goals in golf have changed over the years, I still call him for help today.
It wasn’t long ago that one of those conversations involved another tough decision about my future.
What should i do now?
I had a great college experience thanks to my amazing teammates. We won a conference title during my last year.
It’s great to be able to look back and think about all those great memories and years that helped me develop my skills further. But once I finished college, I wasn’t quite sure what my next semester should look like.
Sure, I loved playing golf and wanted to keep going. But at the same time, I was realistic enough and realized how tough the challenge was. And honestly, I wasn’t sure if I had what it takes to succeed in professional golf.
Besides, I was really convinced by the idea of being an assistant coach somewhere. But at the end of the day, I knew I’d probably regret it if I didn’t at least try.
So, I made a commitment and decided to go to Q-School.
My first round
I didn’t feel much pressure if it didn’t work out. In the back of my head, I knew I could always try this training path. But before I knew it, I made it to stage three, which allowed me to compete on the Epson Tour.
This means that the world to me, will not lie. It was great to have the opportunity so quickly. I’ve been able to play in many tournaments, travel around the country, and be as professional as I’ve always wanted to be.
It kept me going for two years into 2019 when I lost some of my career status and wasn’t sure what to do next for me.
It’s time to think about my future again.
put everything together
To make ends meet, I started working on a golf course doing basic cart maintenance. Once I was allowed to start giving some golf lessons, I immediately fell in love with this aspect of the game. As mentioned earlier, there was always something about training that really amazed me.
At the same time, I also decided that I should get a PGA membership because I rekindled my passion for golf as well as coaching.
I achieved this within two years and started training at Fairways and Greens in my hometown of Knoxville, and this was a great opportunity for me. It was perfect because I set my own schedule as a teacher, and the breaks would allow me to continue playing as an LPGA professional.
When I qualified for the KPMG Women’s Championship last year, I was overwhelmed with joy and an indescribable achievement.
I mean, just a few years ago, I lost my professional status. I had no idea if I would ever be in a big tournament again. Subsequently, she qualified for the KPMG Women’s Championship, the biggest event she’s ever participated in.
Last year was my first time, the most nervous I ever had on the golf course. Of course, it was cool, but it was very new to me. I don’t think I played my best, so now I’m really excited to redeem myself this time around.
I feel good now, but I know that once I step down that path again, I will feel the same nerves, adrenaline, and excitement. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps!
Being able to play in the KPMG Women’s Championship has to be the defining moment of my career so far. It was an unreal experience. I am so grateful that the PGA and LPGA have allowed us to do this.
Now, it’s up to me to make it a tournament I’ll remember forever.