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First day back practicing…

Well, after having missed the cut at the US Women’s Open (and the week before that. And the week before that… Yes, that sentence applies to most weeks so far this season, I know) and taking a few days to myself in my room, with the lights off and minimal interaction with other humans, I woke up bright and early to go get back into the groove. Mentally I was refreshed, in an overall better mood, and excited to get back to playing some golf.
I headed out to Lake Nona to practice and play with my bears and Sutter, an aspiring tour golfer. He is beefcake with brains, and he might hit the ball further than anyone I have ever actually played golf with. Give em both a follow on twitter, why don’t ya?
Anyway, after getting warmed up on the range, it struck me how the three previous weeks on tour were HOTTER than it was in Orlando. (believe me when I say that. I usually complain about the heat here because it’s normally unbearable, but triple digits the last three weeks have immunized me to the effects of Orlando heat) Needless to say, I was quite pleased with that outcome, and thoroughly enjoyed having my brain cells working by the time I came up the 18th green. I was a bit rusty, no doubt, but quite pleased with how I was putting and swinging towards the end of the round. On a side note- I think I’ve fallen once again into the trap of the Sabertooth. My Scotty Cameron putter and I had not been on the best terms in the world the last few months, and I think going back to a face balanced putter was inevitable for me. As much as I love my Scotty, I think it’s best we part ways. Mind you, that being said in still taking her with me everywhere I go, juuuust in case the spell breaks and I come to my other senses.
After a rather lackluster round, including several birdies and a few bogeys, we grabbed a quick bite to eat and watch the start of the John Deere Classic. Incredible to think that last year, Steve Stricker shot 188 in three rounds. 188?! That would be two rounds of 63 and a 62 tossed in there. I would love to see the golf course myself, because it looks like a beautiful challenge through the tv, but must look like a walk in the park for Steve over there!! Insanity! That being said, I think we all felt the need to hit the range for a brief stint to try and Strickerize our games. I worked primarily on my 6-iron, as that club had given me a bit of a tough time earlier in the round, and once we became BFFs again, I figured I should spend some time with ol Sabertooth. We had a relatively productive day, and I have to admit… I have missed my Callaway insert. I think she’s here to stay, even if there are a few nicks and gnaw marks on the head. We all have scars, some visible, while some lie deeper than just skin deep. Seeing the results of some of the battles the putter has fought, be them with me or with the woes of travel (though I’m sure they’re mostly due to me…), brings a smile to my face. And I haven’t stood on a putting green with that sort of reaction in a long time, it seems. So even though I didn’t spend hours on the putting green, I got a good deal of mental and internal productivity done today, which I can merrily say happened for the first time in ages. It’s a good thing we finished when we did, because twenty minutes by car later, I came across thunder, lightning and lashing rains at my doorstep. But even this scene out my bedroom won’t put a damper on my day! I feel like I’ve truly started to come out of my funk. Smiles more readily form, thoughts aren’t immediately negative, and more importantly I feel good. It’s been a great day. And tomorrow can only get better.

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Let’s dive right in! I have worked on myself, both the inside and out, and feel like I will soon be ready to take on the entire world!
Now, mind you, I am a huge fan of playing at ANY and EVERY event that I am given the chance to play, be it because of the actual venue, the region of the world, or the people. Hell, sometimes it is because of the shopping, I won’t lie. And while there are truly no favorite golf tournaments in my opinion, there are several places I will be visiting that just pretty much blow my socks off, be it my first or tenth visit.

5.France/United Kingdom
Every year the LPGA visits these two stunning countries to play in the Evian Masters and the Ladies’ British Open. The regions are amazing, with the Evian Masters on a course that overlooks Lake Geneva, and this year the LBWO is in the north of England, at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, located between Liverpool and Manchester. Every year I visit Europe, and every year I leave with a greater appreciation for the region. The food, the culture. It’s amazing… Also, like all the other foreign countries we visit, the players get to know one another in a new light. Friendships are formed, or strengthened, and there is always some mischief that takes place.

4 Thailand/Singapore
Exotic. Hot. Balmy. Lush. Spicy. Anything and everything you can imagine a place like faraway Southeast Asia to be, only shadows the magic and beauty of the area. I love traveling to places like Thailand and Singapore, where the sun beats down on your skin, where the air covers you in a sweet and glistening layer of sweat and humidity, and adventure is just a car ride away. Last year I rode an elephant, and I also saw Jason Mraz in concert. It was an amazingly exotic region, and I might try to visit the area a few days early and go scuba diving in Bali. What adventures await for me this year, no one knows.

3 Dubai
Seven-star hotels, some of the world’s finest dining, sheiks, belly dancers, camel back rides at sunset, (in my case, anyway) a driver available 24/7 with his BMW 750li, awesome clubs, beautiful people of every shade, and incredible shopping. The architecture of the buildings, both inside and out, is unreal. After visiting places like Rome, where the ancient architecture would take my breath away at every instant, the modern architectural designs of nearly every high rise building in Dubai makes me appreciate the science behind every structure. So much, in fact, that when I go back to school (which I plan on doing), I want to get a degree in architectural design.. Standing at the brink of an untouched and pure piece of Earth has never been more apparent to me than when I drove from my resort to the deserts of the Middle East in a matter of minutes. The starkness in which the modern-day world can be removed is astounding. The silence is deafening, and you can feel the beat of the Earth in the sands. Oh, and the golf and hospitality of everyone is unsurpassed! Everyone smiles, and being treated like a superstar is not a bad perk, either…

2. Australia-Sorry, no photo insert here yet. This year, I will have experienced my first trip to Aus, and I can not wait! The Ladies European Tour hosts tournaments in Aus every year, and since I have gained membership, I decided it’s a mere 8 hour flight to Brisbane from Singapore, so why not?! I anticipate seeing kangaroos, frolicking on the beach, listening to accents, and falling in love with the region, as I always do when I come across a new place. Oh, and seeing the toilets flush is it COUNTER clockwise down there? I can’t recall.
1. JAMAICA-I am biased. I love the tropics, anything exotic, anything close to waters for me to snorkel and scuba dive (when I become certified, anyway), and I love reggae music. The vibe I get from what I expect the people to be like draws me, with a very soothing, relaxed, and fun-loving attitude. Oh, and the fact that I am going to be taking part of the MOJO 6 is waaaaaay cool. It is a new, innovative golf tournament, with Raceway golf format, excitement, pure energy, and a new perspective on golf and the LPGA. I personally believe that this tournament is going to help the LPGA make leaps and bounds. I love to push boundaries and forge into something new, especially when I am involved with it personally and have faith in it, and I truly think that the Mojo 6 Tournament is the way of the future of golf entertainment. Golfertainment, if you will. Again, no pics, I’m afraid to say. I will be making the trip over, though, and can not wait to share every exciting, thrilling moment with you all.

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