At the Duramed Futures Tour in Hammond, Indiana:
What a week! Monday night I flew into Chicago with David Braykovich of MAVRIK Golf. David was there for my first professional tournament experience and also caddied for me. Tuesday I spent the day at the course practicing, trying to get a feel for the greens by practicing a lot of chipping out of the northern rough (I’m from Florida where we have Bermuda grass).
I also got to spend some time with my former high school teammate Heather Burgner and her college teammate Jackie Barenborg. They were kind enough to give me a few rides; we practiced and ate lunch together. Wednesday we were only able to get a few holes in before a storm hit. Due to a pro-am in the afternoon, all we could do was practice once the weather cleared up, but luckily Thursday we were able to play the full 18.
I felt really good going into the first round on Friday. I played well minus one bad swing and a couple small mental mistakes. I shot 75. After the round I felt like I had made myself proud; I didn’t let the nerves get to me and competed well in my first round as pro. It was scary, frustrating and so thrilling all at the same time. The next day I knew I needed to play well to make the cut. I came out to the course with a little more determination than the day before. I finished with a 73 and missed the cut by only one.
While it was easy to be disappointed, I was still proud. I had no difficulty adapting to the competition, and I have great confidence going into this week for the next tournament in Kentucky.
Dolores White, a recent Wake Forest University Women’s Golf Team graduate, hits the road for a summer filled with golf tournaments. But this year it will be different. She is now a professional. Dolores is keeping us posted on the ins and outs of being a young professional golfer.