Get Motivated!

52.1244606400.rudyLast week I attended the Get Motivated! seminar in Raleigh, NC.  Aside from the cheesy motivational music, fireworks, and Disney World prize dance-offs, the speakers were great.  Some of my favs were Rudy Guiliani, Lou Holtz, Krish Dhanam, Colin Powell, and Steve Forbes.

Some quotes I jotted down:

“Don’t look at what you have lost but what you have left” – Dr. Robert Schuller

“Know where you are going and you will have a better chance of getting there” – Rudy Guiliani

“Be there for others when things go wrong” – Rudy Guiliani

“The Edge: where you think your limit is and where you limit actually is” – Krish Dhanam

“Political correctness will be the death of this nation” – Krish Dhanam

“You cannot have hope without gratitude of your heart” – Krish Dhanam

“Your comfort zone is the enemy of success” – Brian Tracy

“Education begins in the home. It doesn’t matter where you start.  What matters is having perseverance, passion, high standards, and hard work” – Colin Powell

“Everyone needs: Something to love, something to do, something to believe in, and something to hope for” – Lou Holtz

“Everything starts with a dream” – Lou Holtz

Living the Dream

I grew up playing junior and high school golf with Jillian Speece.  For years Jillian has been performing in front of audiences- little did I know she used to have stage fright!   Jillian attended IUPFW and graduated with a double major in Media and Public Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Communication (and while playing on the varsity golf team! phew!).  This past year Jillian and her long-time boyfriend and fellow performer, Nathan (who also played division I golf), teamed up to create the band The Bergamot.  And now as a college-grad, Jillian and The Bergamot’s are hitting the road for a national tour! As a lead singer about to go on tour, I asked Jillian how playing golf and pursuing her dream of singing have had an impact on each other...

WTW: What got you interested in playing golf?

Jillian: At a young age (3) my father encouraged me to play golf. He loved the sport  and saw it as a fun activity that my family could do together.  My mother and father both saw golf as an opportunity for me to learn many life lessons, and they saw the potential it had to impact my education (via college scholarship).

nate_jillian_75_tnmr_yizx-1WTW: You could have focused 100% on your music in high school and college but played on both your high school and collegiate golf team (which can be quite time consuming!)- what made you stick with playing golf?

Jillian: I stuck with golf because I saw the potential opportunities it offered me. I loved playing golf for many reasons. It kept me focused, disciplined, physically fit, organized, it offered me socialization, it gave me quality time with loved ones, and it offered me both competition and opportunities to excel in my educational goals. Because, I continued playing golf I reaped the reward of landing a full ride to play division one collegiate golf and from that I earned a wonderful education.

WTW: What skills did you develop playing golf that have helped you in your singing career?

Jillian: Geez, the life skills I have developed through the game have been life altering in more than one way. Through the game I learned what it meant to be a person of character and how to hold a positive attitude . Both are  indispensable assets that work and help me be a successful musician. Additionally, I learned how to socialize and network. I can not tell you how often those skills come into play in the music industry. With persistence, talent, and good communication skills you can make it happen!

WTW: You are certainly following your dreams!  What words of advice do you have for girls following theirs?

Jillian: I would start by sharing that life may not always give you a good hand or seem fair, especially when pursuing your dreams. So make sure when you follow your dreams that along the way you are having fun. When pursuing your dreams be true to yourself and your creator. Be sure to recognize when you are pursuing your dreams it is very important to have a yearning passion to help others through your talents and deep down in the pit of your soul make sure you are following your dreams because you have that yearning passion to help others, not a sole passion to  fill up your bank account.
Never, lose faith in yourself or humanity. Be patient, continue to try, continue to be better,learn from your mistakes. Did you know that it took inventor Thomas Edison 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”  I love this quote because it displays how important determination is. Imagine if Edison would have stopped at 999, we probably would not have lights today. In conclusion, be strong, flow your heart, and give your talents to the world in hopes that you can inspire others to live life in a more profound way. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Follow your dreams to make the world a better place, and everything will be OK. :)

You can follow The Bergamot’s on their website and be sure the check out their songs on iTunes.

The Race Is Close

This week marks the final tournament of the 2010 Duramed Futures Tour season. The top 5 money winners will be awarded full LPGA Tour memberships.  The top 6-10 players will be awarded a partial exemption on the LPGA Tour.  The race is close! Here is a list of the top ten players:

1. Cindy LaCrosse of Tampa, Fla., $77,778

2. Christine Song of Fullerton, Calif., $62,164

3. Gerina Mendoza of Roswell, N.M., $52,621

4. Jennifer Song of Ann Arbor, Mich., $51,375

5. Jenny Shin of Torrance, Calif., $49,296

6. Angela Oh of Maple Shade, N.J., $45,766

7. Tiffany Joh of San Diego, $40,484

8. Ryann O’Toole of San Clemente, Calif., $38,451

9. Pornanong Phatlum of Chaiyaphum, Thailand, $38,185

10. Jane Rah of Torrance, Calif., $37,329

Click Here to follow the players live in Albany, New York!

Jennifer Song: an Inspiration To Us All

Twenty-year-old Jennifer Song is not only a competitor on the Duramed Futures Tour, but is an inspiration to us all.  Jennifer has committed to donate 30% of her winnings to charities in Korea- as if competing for a paycheck isn’t tough enough on the tour!  Jennifer is certainly a class-act golfer with a big heart; we wish her the best of luck!

Read more about Jennifer Song at

Hitting From a Downhill Lie

Can’t seem to make solid contact when faced with a downhill lie?  If you don’t adjust your setup you will likely hit behind the ball.  Make sure you remember these tips when hitting from a downhill lie:

1.  Shots from a downhill lie tend to have a lower tragectory.  Use a club with higher loft to get the ball in the air.

2.  Take your normal stance and then tilt your shoulders so they are parallel to the slope you are hitting off of.  For right-handed players, your left shoulder should be lower than your right for a downhill lie (opposite for uphill lies).  Tilting your shoulders downwards creates a steeper swing which will prevent your clubface from hitting behind the ball.

3.  Swing with the slope.

4.  Depending on the severity of the slope, it may help to widen your stance to help maintain your balance.

Live on Ladies Links Fore Golf Radio

Last week we chatted with Debbie O’Connell and her team on the Ladies Links Fore Golf Radio Show.  This was our first live radio show interview- it was definitely different than being interviewed on camera!  We had a blast!  Wear to Win is about 20 minutes into the show, enjoy!

Life on the Futures Tour..

July 19th

I had a nice little break; I spent a week at home with friends and family, and of course spent more time working on my game with my instructor Earl. The next trip was going to be very long, 5 weeks and I was driving the whole way, so I stopped in Maryland on the way to my first tournament in Connecticut. My friend Hailey from Wake Forest lives in Annapolis, so I was able to spend some time with her. Due to my status on Futures Tour, I am not guaranteed to be in the field of every tournament. I start out on the alternate list of many of the tournaments I enter. But conveniently the tournaments for the rest of the year are in the northeast. If I were not to make the field of any of the tournaments, my plan is to stay with Hailey’s family that week to remain in the region. I’ve learned the small ways to save money, such as cutting the cost of hotels, really help out.

I planned to arrive in Connecticut Tuesday and hoped to give myself enough time to go to the course and get a little practice in before dark. Unfortunately, traffic was horrendous and what was supposed to be 4-5 hour drive turned into 7 hours (welcome to the northeast!). I decided it would be better to just find some dinner and go straight to the host house instead. This would be my first experience with host housing. The couple was very nice and allowed me and three other girls to stay with them. One of the girls was Jackie who I’ve mentioned before, so it was nice to be with someone I already knew.

Since I wasn’t able to get a practice round in Tuesday I would have to adapt from my normal routine of two practice rounds and one day of practice. Wednesday I played most of the course (we couldn’t get the full 18 in due to the pro-am) and got some practice in afterwards. Adaptation seemed to be the theme of the week. The range at the course had grass higher than the rough and possibly thicker. So the rest of the week I found a local range to hit at instead. I was concerned that hitting out of the thick rough would get me in bad habits so my host family directed me and the other girls at our house to their local club.

Thursday was another practice round day, I decided not to play the full 18 again to keep up my energy for the week. But I made sure I had a game plan for every hole and took a cart out to take notes. Thursday was Jackie’s birthday so our host family took all of us out to dinner at a local Japanese restaurant. We had a great time.

Friday was the first round and I teed off in the morning wave. I shot a 73, I wasn’t pleased nor was I too disappointed, I played consistently like I have all year but felt like I didn’t take advantage of some really good birdie opportunities. After the first day it didn’t look too good. I was well over the cut line; I knew I needed to play well Saturday. So after my round I got a good practice in at my host families course then Jackie and I went to the movies for a relaxing evening (the tour gave us a free movie pass in a player packet this week). That night I went to bed feeling ill, Saturday morning I felt worse (here we go with the adaptation again). However, my pairing Saturday couldn’t get much better. I had a threesome of Demon Deacons. In addition to me, there was Natalie Sheary who is getting ready to start her senior year at Wake (playing as an amateur), we were roommates my junior year, and Nannette Hill, who graduated in 2009. It was an enjoyable day despite my health. It was nice to be around some familiar faces all day. We all have similar games and competitive attitudes. I actually think it might have helped me play better, I finished the day with a 70, good enough to make the cut. I woke up for the final round feeling back to normal again. I played another solid round to shoot a 69 and finish in a tie for 33rd.  I had a week to be proud of, after my first round I had to battle hard to reach my goal of making the cut, and I improved every day. Next I’m on to New Hampshire. It’s not too far of a trip so Jackie, Heather and I are going to make a stop in Boston for fun.

Before you even hit a ball…

When heading out to play or practice, many of us take a few practice swings and start hitting balls. This is can turn out to be a big mistake!  Golfers are athletes. Warming up your body is just as important as stretching before a soccer or basketball game. While golf may seem fairly relaxed, the golf swing is very complex and involves the entire body.

Here are a few stretches I like to do before a few practice swings:

-  Hamstring stretch: You can do this by propping your foot up on a bench or the golf cart and reach for your toes, or just simply grab your club and reach down towards your toes (this is just a simple toe touch). Hold these stretches for 10-15 seconds.

-  Stretch the hips: Simply cross your leg on top of the other and push your knee down until you feel a good stretch (make sure to keep your back upright and your ankle on top of your knee).

- Loosen the shoulders: Grab a golf club and hold it a little wider than shoulder width apart. Hold it behind your back and try and lift upward, you will feel this stretch in the front of your shoulders.  After that, set the club on your shoulders behind your head and rotate your shoulders back and forth. This stretch warms up your shoulders as well as your back.

-Don’t forget the forearms: This is the easiest of them all.  Just hold your hand out in front of you and pull your palm toward you, one hand at a time. Hold this stretch for 10-15 seconds.  Next, do the same stretches downward; just push the top of your hand downward.

- Twists: Place your club behind your shoulders, twist at the waist.  Then, get into a golf stance (while keeping the club behind your shoulders) and twist back and forth from this position.

These are some simple, but important, stretches that take very little time.  Next time you go out to the course try these stretches and see what happens!