We’ve been following Emily Gimpel as she progresses in her golfing career. Now this impressive young woman lets us know what is on the horizon for 2016.
Hello again to my AmeriQuest family, friends, and followers! The last time I wrote, I had qualified via Stage 2 to the Final Stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying School (“Q School”) and was preparing for the biggest tournament of my 2015 season. I had a great experience in my first appearance in the Final Stage, with my Dad as my caddie and my Mom as my #1 Fan! Although I did not play my best or earn my LPGA Card, I experienced firsthand what it takes to get to the highest level; however, I did qualify for full status on the LPGA Symetra Tour for 2016! This was very exciting and encouraging as it shows my hard work is paying off! You may have heard about the intensity of the “Q School” competition and format. It is all that, but I think it is important to show up prepared and ready, like you would approach any tournament. It’s also important to remember to stay patient, calm, and positive as it is a long week and every participant will encounter some hurdles along the way.
I have been back in Florida since after Christmas working hard on all aspects of my game, including fitness training, mental training, and all things golf: my swing, short game, putting, and everything in between. I have been having the absolute time of my life chasing my dream by working hard, or as they say, “digging it out of the dirt.” I know that, for me, putting in the time and giving 100% of my efforts day in and day out will pay off in the future. The funny thing about golf is that it doesn’t always come together when you expect it or think it will, and that is what drives you to keep improving every day!
I spend about 16 hours a day working on my golf game and career. With so much to do, from daily workouts to practice sessions, rounds on the course, reading, studying and learning, all the way to running my own business, it can certainly be a grind. But there is nothing else I would rather be doing, and I know I am very fortunate to be able to pursue my passion and my dream!
I have recently played in two professional mini-tour events on the National Women’s Golf Association circuit to get back into the competitive tournament golf swing. Thus far, in 2016, I have made great progress in each aspect of my game and am very encouraged about my early season play. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruits of your own labor, sweat, and determination flourish. It was great to earn official prize money in both of these tournaments. This gives me a great boost of confidence heading into the busy LPGA Symetra Tour season!
The 2016 “Florida Swing” on the LPGA Symetra Tour kicks off on April 8th in Lake Wales, followed by big tournaments in Fort Myers and Sarasota. I also expect to play in a sectional qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open as well as Monday qualifiers for at least two LPGA tournaments over the next few months. In the interim, I am excited to have two more weeks of intense practice leading up to the start of my LPGA Symetra year!
Thank you so much to everyone who has been following along and, of course, to sponsors like AmeriQuest who support me, believe in me and help make it possible for me to pursue my dream!