We’re always delighted to hear what’s going on in Emily’s very busy life. Now it’s your turn to hear about it, in her own words.
I’ve certainly put a lot of miles on my car since I last wrote, so I thought it was about time to update everyone on my travel experiences and what a typical tournament week consists of on the road.
Since April, I have competed in five events on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, a thirty-six hole qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open (in one day!), and an LPGA Monday Qualifier. Needless to say, life has been busy. I have recently competed in Florida, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
I’ve gotten to see many American cities that I would have never seen without embarking on this journey and I am very grateful for every moment. Some highlights were: experiencing my first “fish fry” in Lake Wales, FL; spending time with some LPGA Legends players in Fort Myers, FL; and enjoying a lobster roll in Bristol, RI. I am also very grateful to have had friends and family members come and watch a few of my events. It’s a wonderful feeling to have such an amazing support system.
A typical week during the busy LPGA Symetra season starts with traveling Sunday night into Monday to the next tournament and hopefully arriving early enough to get some practice in on Monday. Packing, doing laundry, and grocery shopping also need to be fit in at some point early in the week. Tuesday is usually a busy day of practicing, playing the course, and fitting in a workout. I typically leave my housing before the sun is up and arrive back after it has set! Tuesday evening, there will often be a Pro-Am party where the players gather and meet their playing partners for the Pro-Am the following day. These are always fun as I love meeting new people and learning their stories. It’s also a fun way to spend time with friends outside of our “office.” The day of the Pro-Am, I will try to get a workout and some practice in prior to the fun afternoon with my new friends. The tournament will either be starting on Thursday or we will have one more day to gear up for a Friday start depending on the week.
A typical tournament round day usually lasts 8-10 hours. I typically arrive at the course an hour and a half before my tee time to warm up and practice before the 18-hole round. After the round I like to practice so I can work on what I feel needed improvement. If there is time when I’m done at the course, I may fit in a workout, find some dinner, and head to bed to repeat this schedule the next day.
My schedule sure is hectic with not a lot of downtime, but I really do love it! I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life, and experiencing the different cultures from all over the country. I have been very fortunate to see many parts of America that I would not otherwise get to see. I put a lot of hardworking hours into my career but I know that in the end, it will be worth it to reach my ultimate dream of playing on the LPGA Tour. And in the meantime, I want to make sure I enjoy the journey and appreciate all of the people who support me along the way. Thank you so much for checking in, I hope to have another update soon!