As always, we’re happy to hear what’s going on in Emily’s life and career. Here is her latest update.
Hello everyone! It feels like forever since my last update in June and I have had many exciting adventures since then! My 2016 season on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour recently ended, so I figured it was a great time to update you all on the second half of my year and express my gratitude for your continuing support!
Since my last blog, I have competed in eight LPGA Symetra Tour events, LPGA Tour Qualifying School, an LPGA Monday Qualifier, and one National Women’s Golf Association Tour event. I have played in seven states since June including New Jersey, New York, Michigan, California, South Dakota, Kansas, and Arkansas. The last three were states I had not yet visited so I got to check them off of my list this fall! That list is of the 50 states I hope to compete in during my career and I am getting closer each year!
As my last blog noted, each tournament week is extremely busy and filled with hard work and preparation. In addition, I try to take some time to sightsee and experience the local communities on each trip! You never know if you will make it back to some of these places, so I like to make sure I experience some local culture.
The Symetra Tour took me to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in September, and I was lucky enough to have my Mom with me that week as my caddie and biggest cheerleader! After the tournament ended, we embarked on a thirty-mile bike ride through and around the city, which led us past all of the major attractions including the Zoo and the infamous Falls Park.
The two other new cities I visited were Garden City, Kansas, and El Dorado, Arkansas; both small towns that really welcomed and embraced our tour. One of my most inspirational experiences of the year was visiting Hope Landing, a rehabilitation facility in Arkansas where they provide many types of therapy to children with disabilities including physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapies, and even hippotherapy! It was amazing to watch the impact that Hope Landing has on the southwest Arkansas community and I loved meeting some of the sweet kids! These kids are fighting and working to get better and it inspired me to fight and get better at my job! The local paper even did a story on our visit.
I’ve met many wonderful people in my travels, including the many who open their homes as host families and those who serve as tournament volunteers. In addition, playing in Pro-Am tournaments most weeks has enabled me to meet many of the dedicated sponsors and others from around the country who support women’s golf and their communities.
My last tournament of the year was scheduled in Longwood, Florida during the week that Hurricane Matthew hit. All of the players and caddies were staying in the Orlando area and were busy preparing for the tournament even with the daunting hurricane threats! After being on site since Monday, the announcement came on Thursday that the tournament was cancelled. That was definitely the right call to ensure everyone’s safety. It was a seemingly fitting end to a whirlwind of a season!
Currently I am back home in my break from competition and working on my golf game, fitness, nutrition, and mental game. I feel that my game has continued to improve and I am training to be better next year than I was this year. All of my stats improved significantly in the second half of the 2016 season and my confidence level is in a very good place! I am very motivated to improve and take my game to the next level, and I am doing this day by day. I am definitely looking forward to next season which should include an increased number of LPGA Tournament Monday Qualifiers and maybe even some tournaments in Australia or the UK…so stay tuned for my next update!
It’s been an amazing season full of memorable experiences. I have loved each minute of my journey, but I could not chase my dream without the support of my family, friends, and my AmeriQuest team! Thanks! I will check back in again soon.
Read Emily’s blog from earlier this year.