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Two Great Events Means One Great Week in Golf!

Hi everyone, This past week was the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA Tour and for the best male players in the game was The Open! Both of these events are great and so much fun to watch. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is a team event where women pair up and play two rounds of best ball and two rounds of alternate shot. Watching everyone playing having so much fun with their partners was great to see! Most of the teams came up with fun team names including, Team Jelly (Nelly and Jessica Korda), Team Sisters From Another Mister (Danielle Kang and Lydia Ko), Team Soul Sisters (Amy Olson and Katherine Kirk), Team M&M (Moriya (nickname: Mo) and Ariya (nickname: May) Jutanugarn), and so many more! The Jutanugarn sister duo took home the win with an incredible 59 in the final round. Congrats to Ariya and Moriya on their phenomenal win and to all the partnerships who teed it up! The 149th Open Championship was played at The Royal St. Georges Golf Club in England. We misse

A Great Tournament at a Beautiful Course!

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Hi everyone, On the sixth and seventh (last Tuesday and Wednesday) I played in the NH Junior All-Star Championship up at the Mount Washington Resort Golf Course and it was a phenomenal experience! The course was in phenomenal condition and the views, despite it being semi-cloudy both days, were gorgeous! My grandparents took me and my sister up Monday night (thanks guys!) and we went over and had a chance to hit a few putts on the putting green and take a look at the scorecards. I knew the course was going to be similar to courses I have played in the past based on the layout and having played courses designed by the same person. After hitting some putts and knowing it was a resort course I knew the greens wouldn't be overly quick to maintain pace of play.  I teed off at 10:06 Tuesday morning and my sister was right ahead of me at 9:57 so we left the air b and b we stayed in for the few days with the goal of being there between 8:45 and 9. My sister and I decided we didn't real

NHGA JR Team Championship with my sister!

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Hi everyone, A few weeks ago my sister, Teagan, and I played in the NHGA Jr. Team Championship together! Despite not playing as well as we wanted and know we are both capable of it was so much fun and a great experience! Playing in a team-best-ball tournament is a different experience from playing solo in a regular strokeplay event because not only are you trying to put up the best number that you can, you're also trying to stay in play to help your partner out, and stay positive to keep yourself and your partner in a good mood. My sister and I struggled with the idea that when one of us got into trouble that didn't mean the other had to try to make up for it instead it meant that we had to focus even more on just playing our game knowing we needed to eliminate big numbers. I think that was a big takeaway knowing that we are both capapble of posting good scores and we just needed to focus on both putting up good numbers and then together that number is bound to be better.  Bein

KPMG Women's PGA Championship and summer post ideas?

Hi everyone, This past week was the KMPG Women's PGA Championship on the LPGA Tour. Two women were right there at the top all week, Nelly Korda and Lizette Salas. Both vying for their chance at a major championship victory! Nelly took home the win with a three-shot victory over Lizette who was still 6 shots clear of the rest of the field! This win gave Nelly her third win of the season, her first major title,  and she went back to back winning the week before as well! Seems like a pretty good 2021 to me.  As always, watching the interactions between the women playing in some of the biggest tournaments in the world always makes me smile because it reminds me of my friends I play golf with around here because we all have so much fun and as the women on tour even though we are all out there competing with one another at the end of the day we're like sisters (because we see each other more than some of our own families during the summer haha) and we are so proud of and happy for th

What a US Open and Father’s Day!

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Hi everyone, This past week was the US Open and what an exciting event it was! The event was contested at Torrey Pines in San Diego. The course was playing difficult all week long with brutal rough.  There were a bunch of names at the top of the leaderboard all week but it came down to Louie Oosthuizen and Jon Rahm! Watching Rahm down the stretch was unbelievable, as he made two clutch putts on his final two holes. Louie got into some trouble on the 17th hole that ended up leading to another runner-up major finish.  Photo credit: @pgatour on Instagram Seeing Rahm embrace his family and then killing time between when he finished until the final group hit their approaches and he knew he had won his first major championship. Just imagining being in his shoes and having your family there, must have been such a special moment. A great way to spend his first Father's Day, celebrating his first major with his little boy Kepa and his wife Kelley! The wait however I can only assume was excr

US Kids Spring Season

Hi everyone, Yesterday was the US Kids Maine Local Tour tour championship at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. It was a beautiful day at a beautiful course!  Despite not having my best run the last few weeks I have had so much fun being back out playing competitively. We have had some very New England spring days throughout the events but lucked out a few times with great days. There were 6 events this spring, and I was able to make it to five of them.  There were more girls this season than in past years and it was so exciting to be with everyone! All of us were shuffling schedules with travel, COVID-19 vaccines, family events, working, and being busy with homework, so having a few at every event was great! I had so much fun with these girls and cannot wait to get out to play with them again soon. This spring was also the first season with new tour director (we missed you, Joe and Diane!) Nancy Storey, who did a great job! Thank you for taking over Nancy!  If you are just getting into tournam

The US Women’s Open!

Hi everyone, Happy Monday everyone! Here in NH, it'll be a warm week, so stay hydrated and cool everyone! This past week was the US Women’s Open at The Olympic Club! All week there was lots of excitement on the leaderboard and the course was playing difficult especially if players missed the fairway. There were many storylines worth following throughout the week, a few of my favorites being Chloe Kovelesky and her length, Lexi Thompson on her quest for the win, Megha Ganne's phenomenal play, and Yuka Saso’s victory.  Chloe Kovelesky is a fourteen-year-old girl from Florida who teed it up in her first major championship. Watching Chloe play was incredible and inspiring to see someone my age out there hitting bombs and competing with the best in the world! During the first round, Chloe led the field in driving distance with an average of 303 yards off the tee. Unfortunately, she missed the cut but it was a stellar performance nonetheless. Best of luck for your future Chloe! Lexi

NHGA Women's Match Play Recap

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Hi everyone, I hope everyone has had a good long weekend and Happy Memorial Day!  I played in the NHGA Women's Match Play Championship at Cocheco Country Club the week of May 17th. In both match play events that I have played in to date, I start off slow on the front nine of the seeding round and then pick up and play pretty well! So after the first round on Monday was complete I was the 6th seed in the Championship flight.  My ball-striking and putting were solid on Monday and the only thing that kept me from scoring better was the fact that my short game let me down. When I got home that afternoon I hit a few short pitches around my yard and got in some swings to get back to hitting good wedge shots.  Tuesday morning I had a match against Deb Clauson and we teed off around 8:00. So I got dropped off at the course around 7:00 and walked out to the range to warm up and got in some more wedge practice. I changed my strategy a little bit for match-play but I knew that I had to go out

PGA Championship

Hi everyone, This past week was the PGA Championship which was held at the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The conditions were tough and it was exciting all week long.  There was a nine-way tie for 8th place which brought a nice group of players inside the top ten at the second major championship of the year. A few of the notable guys in this tie include Rickie Fowler, 2020 PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, Jon Rahm, and Will Zalatoris. There was also a four-way tie for fourth place including Padraig Harrington, Paul Casey, Shane Lowry, and Harry Higgs.  After working hard all week Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen finished in a tie for the second two strokes behind Phil Mickelson! Phil made history as the oldest major champion in golf history, at 50 years and 11 months. Despite a rocky start, Phil rallied through all week to secure his second PGA Championship victory and his 6th major victory!  Everyone who teed it up played phenomenally on a tough golf course w
Hi everyone, I am playing in the NHGA’s Women’s Match Play Championship this week! After the first round which is seeding, the event becomes a match play tournament which I am looking forward too!  Match play is a unique format because it brings out that one on one competition part of golf that you don’t always get. I have only played in a handful of match play events but have been utilizing the format for years playing rounds with friends and family. Playing match play allows you to play a bit more aggressively while still not necessarily taking yourself out of it. Even though you can play aggressively making sure you make good decisions in order to out-play your opponent is very important! The weather in NH has been beautiful the last few days, it’s finally starting to feel like summer! When do you all get out of school? I don’t get out until the 18th of June and it feels so far away.  Have a great week and enjoy the nice weather! ~NH Golfer Gal
Hi everyone, This past week the LPGA Tour was in Thailand for the Honda LPGA Thailand, the PGA Tour was in North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship.  Over in Thailand the leaderboard was tight and it was exciting down the stretch, Ariya Jutanugarn came out with the win! Ariya became the first Thai golfer to win in her home country! Ariya and her sister grew up in Thailand working extremely hard on their golf games and it has paid off greatly for them. Her older sister Moriya finished nine shots back in a tie for 17th. Another young Thai golfer on the LPGA Tour is Patty Tavatanikit, Patty won the ANA Inspiration last month and has been proving her spot on Tour since she started out last season!  At the Well Fargo Championship, Rory McIlroy got it done for his first win in nearly 18 months! Rory has undergone lots of changes since he last stepped into the winner's circle including changing coaches and making some swing changes as well as becoming a father to his daughter. Cong

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi everyone, I hope you have all had a great day and enjoyed spending time with your mother, grandmother, motherly figure, or any other special people in your life! Happy Mother's Day (especially all the incredible golf moms out there)! Thank you for giving us rides to the course or to tournaments, driving us and our friends home from practice sessions, comforting us after a tough round, caddying, and always supporting our dreams. We love and appreciate you guys so much!❤ ~NH Golfer Gal

National Golf Day!

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Hi everyone, Today is national golf day! This incredible sport has given me so many opportunities and lifelong friendships.  There are so many amazing things about this game and I am so lucky to be able to play! One of the greatest things about the game is how much it can teach you. I have learned many great life lessons from the game including honesty and responsibility.  I challenge all of you to get your friends into the game and try playing in local tournaments or participating in clinics to make friends who play too! Happy National Golf Day! ~NH Golfer Gal

Volunteering for First Tee!

Hi everyone, Here in NH, this past week was a school vacation week for many, so I hope you all had a good week!  I spent a few days of my break volunteering with the First Tee of New Hampshire. This was such an incredible experience and I can't wait to continue throughout the spring/summer! The First Tee is an incredible non-profit organization with a mission of growing the game of golf and helping shape youth into good people and instilling life-long core values.  This week I worked with two groups of kids, a younger session of 6-8 year-olds and then an older session of 9-15 year-olds. During the session with the younger kids, we worked on some basics with the short game, putting, and full swings. Incorporating the First Tee's nine core values which include honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, confidence, respect, perseverance, responsibility, courtesy, and judgment. Seeing all of the little kids, especially the three little girls reminded me of when I was first starting out and

First Tournament!

Hi everyone,  I had my first tournament of the season on Saturday! Getting back out there was so great and seeing some friends who I haven't seen much because of Covid was amazing. I didn't have the round that I should have but am working on keeping my head up. Sometimes pulling the positives from disappointing rounds can be hard but it is important to recognize those things. It's also important to take the time to look back at what was a struggle during the round because in order to get better we have to know what our weaknesses are and improve upon those. Especially after having a rough round, I am more motivated to work harder and improve my game.  Also, this past week was the Hugel-Air Premia Open on the LPGA Tour. This was an exciting event to watch with such great golf being played all week. Brooke Henderson came out with the win, to earn her 10th career victory! Congrats to Brooke and great playing to everyone who teed it up!  The Zurich Classic of New Orleans took p
Hi everyone, Have you been out on the course yet this season? I have played a few times and it feels so good to be back out there. Even though I practiced all winter hitting balls indoors and off of mats it isn't the same as the feeling of being able to play. Coming back after the winter takes some getting used to having to hit different shots and read different greens but it starts to come back to you. There is less than one week before my first tournament of the season and I am beyond excited! I am excited to see some of my friends and kick off the 2021 tournament season. This week the LPGA was in Hawaii for the Lotte Championship, an exciting change to the schedule having the tournament run Wednesday-Saturday. The scores were incredibly low and it was exciting to watch them fire at flags! The Korda sisters had another strong week with Nelly playing herself into her third final group of the year! Lydia Ko, after a strong first three rounds, played a great final round to play hers

What a week at the Masters!

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Hi everyone, Who watched the Masters?! As always it was a historic week that won't be forgotten for a long time! There was so much phenomenal golf played!  golf.com Throughout the week there were a few players I had my eye on and some that maybe we didn't expect to see atop the Masters' leaderboard on a Sunday afternoon! Justin Rose shot an amazing opening round 65 to hold a four-shot lead at seven-under-par overnight! After an even-par round, of 72, on Friday, he maintained the lead but only by one. After a solid round of 72 on Saturday he stuck at that seven-under-par number but people started to catch him. After a final round two-over par, 74, he ended up in seventh, which is still a great finish at such a historic event.  Marc Leishman headed into Sunday also at a tie for second sitting at seven-under-par. Marc played a solid round which ended up as a one-over par, 73, to finish tied for fifth with new father Jon Rahm. In a stellar final round of 66, six-under-par Jon p

First Major of the Season Recap

Hi everyone, The 50th ANA Inspiration wrapped up yesterday in Rancho Mirage, CA. There were so many great players in the field and yesterday was a very exciting final round! It was great to see Michelle Wie West back in action and she put together a great opening round -2! She struggled a little bit on Friday posting a +7 79 to, unfortunately, miss the cut by 4 strokes. I look forward to seeing Michelle back out there soon! Shanshan Feng had a great week in her first start on tour since the fall of 2019. After 4 solid rounds, she finished in a tie for 3rd which is incredible in its own right combined with the fact that she hadn't played on tour in over a year! In one of Shanshan's interviews last week she was asked what she did in her time off and she had the best response, "After you get up you think about what you want to eat for breakfast. After breakfast, you think about what you want to eat for lunch. Then after lunch, you think about what you want to eat for dinner.

Another Chapter Added to the Historic Story of the Augusta National Women's Amateur

Hi everyone, Today the final round of the second Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA) took place! The 82 player invitation-only field teed it up for the first two rounds, on Wednesday and Thursday, at Champions Retreat Golf Club, located just a short ride away from Augusta National. There were so many incredible shots and great players in the field. It was amazing to see the best amateurs in the women's game playing together! After the second round, on Thursday, a cut was made and only the top 30 (no ties) advanced to the final round of competition that took place today at Augusta National! When play was completed for the second round there was a 5-way tie for 30th place and those 5 women went into a playoff where Maja Stark sunk a long birdie putt to secure her spot in the final round!  On Friday all 82 players in the original field had a chance to tee it up for an official practice round at Augusta National where they were all provided a course caddy. I can only imagine ho

50th ANA Inspiration!

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Hi everyone,  This week on the LPGA Tour is the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration! This event is a huge one and has been called the "Masters of women's golf". Every young girl who aspires to play professional golf dreams about winning this event and taking the famous leap into Poppie's Pond. I know I have!  https://twitter.com/anainspiration This year, 2021, marks the 50th playing of this event. In 1972 the first playing of what was then called the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle took place. Jane Blalock, who is from New Hampshire, came out with the win that week! Jane earned the highest paycheck in women's golf at the time with $20,500 (we have come a long way in women's golf and women's sports as a whole but there is still so much to do to eliminate the gender pay gap in professional sports). In 1973, Mickey Wright won the event and at the time it was unknown but it ended up being the last of her whopping 82 victories on tour! Since 19

WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and Kia Classic

Hi everyone, Did anyone watch the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play this past week? For the past few years my dad, sister, and I have been filling out brackets with our guesses for who will win each match. I don't ever win but I have fun so that's what matters. This year's event was a big surprise and definitely exciting to watch! I don't think that even a computer would have guessed some of the people who advanced from their groups. As the week went on it got more and more exciting to see who was winning their matches, who was advancing, and who would be playing who in the next round. Congrats to Billy Horschel on coming out with the win and great playing to everyone! The LPGA Tour was in Carlsbad, California last week for the Kia Classic. There were so many great players in the field right now and Inbee Park ran away with the event! Inbee ended up finishing with a 5 shot victory over Amy Olson and Lexi Thompson who finished in a tie for second. It was also great to see

Tournaments!

Hi everyone, There are just over 4 weeks until my 2021 tournament season starts, I can't wait to be back out there!  I have always been competitive and playing tournaments gives me an opportunity to be competitive, work on my golf game, and have a lot of fun while doing it. Another great part of playing in tournaments is that you get to meet new people. If I hadn't started playing in tournaments I wouldn't have met some of the people who have now become a few of my closest friends. Even though we are competing we are still rooting for each other to do their bests.  I played in my first tournament when I was 10 and I was hooked from then on. I started asking my parents to find more for me to play in and I haven't stopped. I have played in 54 tournaments since the summer of 2017. Won a few, lost a lot. I never get sick of the feeling of playing competitively. I've seen juniors get burnt out, lose motivation, stop having fun and that makes me sad because I couldn't

20 years ago today...

Hi everyone, 20 years ago today Annika Sorenstam shot her historic round of 59 during the second round of the Standard Register Ping! Annika made 8 birdies in her first nine holes and finished with 13 total for the round. She was playing with her sister Charlotta and Meg Mallon.  Her phenomenal round of 59 still stands as the only sub-60 round on the LPGA Tour. When will we see another?  ~NH Golfer Gal
Hi everyone,  I got to go hit golf balls this weekend for the first time off of grass since last October. I am so grateful to have the opportunities to go hit balls off of mats and use indoor simulators but there is something so much better about feeling the club go through the grass and being able to see the ball flight more like it will be when we get out on the course.  There are just under 6 weeks left until my first scheduled tournament of the season and I can't wait. I have been counting down since my last tournament of last year's season. I am looking forward to this season for so many reasons, including just being able to play the game that I love, hang out with my friends, and being able to practice and get better. What are you looking forward to this season? Also, who watched The Players Championship this weekend? It was an exciting final round! Congrats to Justin Thomas for coming out with the W and great job to everyone who teed it up this week!  ~NH Golfer Gal
Hi everyone, Who watched the Arnold Palmer Invitational this past week? It was nice to watch, remember the King, and reminisce about all my memories there. There was so much great golf played. What does everyone think about Bryson almost driving the par-5? Great job to all the players who teed it up, and congrats to Bryson DeChambeau on coming out with the win!  On the LPGA Tour at Golden Ocala for the LPGA Drive On Championship, there was also some incredible golf being played! The Korda sisters got to play together in the first two rounds and it is always cool to me to see their comradery and watch how much they are cheering one another on. The final group on Sunday was exciting to watch as Jennifer Kupcho was trying to catch up to Austin Ernst who didn't back down. Austin came out with an amazing 5 shot victory! Great playing to all the phenomenal players who teed it up last week, and to Morgan Pressel who took the booth with Golf Channel this week! Congrats to Austin Ernst!  Al

Visiting the Arnold Palmer Invitational through the years

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Hi everyone, This week on the PGA Tour is the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge. I have had the opportunity of attending this event for several years past and have made so many wonderful memories. Including interviewing Lauren Thompson and Cara (Robinson) Banks, meeting Annika Sorenstam, interviewing Danny Lee, meeting the guys on the Callaway tour van, seeing Arnie, and spending time with my family.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 I am not attending the tournament this year but look forward to watching it on TV and reminiscing about all the great memories I have made throughout the years. 2016 was the first year I got to attend this event. It was so much fun to be there, and experience it all. There were a few highlights of this year including hanging out with Danny Lee and getting a thumbs-up from Mr. Palmer himself. My sister had met Danny at the PGA Championship in 2015 and she had become a huge fan when he gave her a

Gainbridge LPGA

Hi everyone, This past week was the Gainbridge LPGA, hosted this year at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. It was a super exciting event for multiple reasons, Annika Sorenstam played her first LPGA Tour event in almost 13 years, Nelly Korda came out with the win to follow up her sister's win at the first LPGA event of the season, Gabriela Ruffles made her first start on the LPGA Tour as a professional, and we got a good look at all the stars on tour this season!  Annika had a great week! Most people didn't quite know what to expect as this was her first tour start in over 12 years and some people doubted she would even make the cut. She said she had low expectations for the week and was just trying to gain some competitive experience with the hopes of playing the US Senior Women's Open this summer. After a well-played round of +3, 75 including a triple bogey, bogey, and one birdie on Thursday, she rallied to shoot a -1, 71, on Friday to make the cut right on the number. Satu

Annika is playing another LPGA event!

Hi everyone, Next week the LPGA Tour gets back in action at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Florida. Watching the LPGA Tour events is always amazing and there is so much talent on tour but this week will be especially special. Annika Sorenstam is teeing it up in her first LPGA Tour event since the season-ending ADT Championship in November of 2008.  Watching Annika play a round of golf is something I never thought I would ever get to see, and then in March of 2020 (right before the world shut down due to COVID-19), I got to watch her tee it up in the pro-am of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That was a dream come true to watch her in person! Then when she announced she was playing in the celebrity division of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions I was thrilled, she is such a machine, and seeing her play is incredible. Watching her compete was a whole other thing, she still has it! Her announcement to play in the Gainbridge LPGA was a surprise but definitely not somet

Goals and letting go of expectations

Hi everyone, As I have been working towards putting together a tournament schedule for this coming golf season, one thing that has been on my mind is goals and setting them. Setting goals is something that I like to do every season because it not only gives me something to work towards but it forces me to evaluate where I am at now in comparison to where I want to be. My dream is to play on the LPGA Tour someday, and while that will always be a goal of mine in order to get there someday you have to set short-term goals.  These goals can be bigger or smaller but what's important is that you not only set them but come up with a plan to achieve them. It takes hard work, dedication, and for me, just letting myself go out and play. When I get caught up on the numbers or on trying to shoot a certain score I get so stressed about it that I am almost unable to play well because all I am thinking about is the result. You have to play the process, not the outcome.  When I played the NHWGA Am