Week 6: Brisbane
If you haven't noticed by now, I am a very chronological person. I am excited to wrap up my Australian chapters today in order to move onto the hundreds of ideas floating around in my head. In the meantime...
My last week in Australia - I can't believe it! My weekend at the Great Barrier Reef was well worth the trip, and I am ready to power through these last two tournaments and end on a high note.
Our first event at McLeod Country Golf Club was a special time; this course was founded and is almost completely run by women - a perfect venue for the ALPG! Keeping up with the royal/presidential treatment throughout the weeks, Meghan and I were honored to be staying with McLeod's president (whose daughter's dog is appropriately named Royal). After getting to know our host family, I discovered that they had lived in the same town as some of my family and even knew some of my cousins - small world!
McLeod Country Golf Club is also where I earned my first professional paycheck - 104.40 AUD. I was pleasantly surprised because the day before, my putter grip had melted off. That Aussie sun! The pro shop and our new friend, Josh, were instrumental in giving me a temporary solution until I got home.
Next thing we knew, it was time to head to Yamba Golf and Country Club for the last pro-am of the season. My crooked putter was killing it, and I sunk 5 birdie putts. My friend, Emily, who I actually met at Qualifying School in Palm Springs last year, and I were paired together and we had a great day out there. I won another paycheck, and then it was back to Emily's house near the Brisbane airport so I could fly out the next morning.
While I was very happy with my score and the payout, I was more proud of implementing all the lessons I had learned the last six weeks and finishing strong. Tour life is exhausting but so rewarding. I believe that staying positive and energized through the end really made the difference for me at Yamba. I also felt like my visualization and pre-shot routines were on point as well as my determination to stay in the present and not worry about a potential paycheck while playing. I will admit, though, that I had *NSYNC's "Just Got Paid" in my head the whole round since we were playing Friday afternoon, but hey, it worked!
And that, folks, concludes my Australian tour experience. I flew from Brisbane to New Zealand to spend a week with my mom there for her birthday and then home to start my mini tour season. I would highly recommend the ALPG to any professional golfer looking for growth in her game. The sightseeing and new connections aren't bad either!
Thanks for following my Aussie adventures, and I hope you come back for details about my roller coaster of a summer leading up to LPGA Qualifying School. Cheers!