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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

Kinsey Hoffmann!

Hi everyone, This weeks post is all about and interview that I did with Kinsey Hoffmann! Kinsey is the Director of Junior Golf and Tournament Operations for the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA). I have known Kinsey for a few years now from playing in tournaments on the NHGA Jr. Tour. Being the Director of Junior Golf and Tournament Operations entails a few things including planning and running all of the junior tournaments in the state, helping run the women's events that the NHGA puts on, and working on all of the major championships that the NHGA hosts.   Kinsey has been around the game for most of her life and has a passion for it. She loves what she does and loves "watching them [the juniors] essentially grow up on the course", she can't imagine doing anything else. Her favorite part of the job is watching the juniors grow up, challenge themselves, watching their confidence build, and seeing progress from the start of the season to the end.  Growing up in Lou

National Women and Sports Day!!

Hey everyone, Happy National Women and Girls in Sports Day! It is so exciting to see women in different sports. I am so grateful for all of the amazing women and girls I have met throughout different sports, especially golf! I can’t wait for golf season to start up again so we can all see each other. It’s so inspiring to see women throughout the sports industry and seeing them become friends with each other. Outside of golf there are so many amazing female athletes! Keep working hard and kicking butt girls! I have so many amazing memories with fellow female athletes throughout the years! Playing in golf tournaments, high school matches, practicing, and just hanging out! One that stood out in particular was after a high school match against a school where some friends of mine go and play and at the same time my sister had played a round with a few of our other friends. When my dad came to pick us up and all the girls ended up with their corresponding rides home we were all socializing a
Hi everyone, I am super excited to share the news that I have been selected as a member of the Gen Z Council for Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in association with Youth On Course! This council is made up of about 90 young people across the US from all different backgrounds with a passion for helping make the game and the golf industry more welcoming and inclusive. I am honored to be a member of this council and look forward to the changes that we will be working towards in the game. I will share more information about what we will be doing when I can. Also, we have an exciting post coming next week. An interview with the Director of Junior Golf and Tournament Operations at the NHGA, Kinsey Hoffmann!   I hope everyone has a great week and if you live on the Seacoast of NH like I do are ready for the snow coming! ~NH Golfer Gal

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

Hi everyone, Who watched the Diamond Resort Tournament of Champions on the LPGA Tour?! The LPGA Tour players played extremely well and it was so much fun to watch! Let's start with Danielle Kang, she had such a great week and is overall such a well rounded player. The Korda sisters are both so incredible as well and have such a talent for the game. I was on the edge of the couch all afternoon watching them down the stretch. Nelly had such a phenomenal round and came back from where she started the round to finish where she did. Danielle played so well this week and it was incredible to watch her consistency this week and her drive, especially when it came to making that final putt on 18 to end up in the playoff. Jessica after a historic round of 60 on Saturday came to fight on Sunday getting herself into a playoff with Danielle come 18 on Sunday. They both hit great tee shots on the first playoff hole and Jessica walked up and rolled in her phenomenal birdie putt putting the pressu
Hi everyone, This week the LPGA Tour gets back at it at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Florida! This is a unique event on the LPGA Tour because it consists of the winners of all LPGA Tour events in the last two seasons as well as a field of celebrities competing in a modified stableford format. I am super excited to watch this event not only to see the LPGA Tour stars of today tee it up but also to watch my hero Annika Sorenstam play in the celebrity portion! You can bet I will be watching this event come Thursday-Sunday. The PGA Tour is also teeing it up this week at the Desert Classic in California. The field for this weeks event is definitely one to watch! How is school going for everyone? For those of us in high school if anyone is having midterms this year, good luck!!  ~NH Golfer Gal
Hi everyone, How are you all doing?  LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan is stepping down from his role at the LPGA Tour. Mike did great things for the organization and for women's golf! While women's golf is not nearly as large, diverse, or equal as it can and will be someday it has come a long way in the time that Mike was with the LPGA Tour. Thank you, Mike! Side note to whoever takes Mike's place we would love to see an LPGA Tour event in New England somewhere!  Congratulations to everyone playing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the PGA Tour and to Harris English on coming away with the win! Loved watching live golf and looking forward to it continuing. I hope everyone has a great week! ~NH Golfer Gal
Hi everyone, I hope everyone had a good holiday break. Happy New Year! What are some of your goals for 2021? Golf specific?  I am already counting down the days until the weather changes and golf courses can open up here in NH again. I can't wait to get out and play again! Looking ahead at my upcoming tournament season I am excited to be adding some new events to my calendar and hopefully meeting some new people. The 2020 season was certainly different but I met and became friendlier with so many people through the game. Between playing more NHGA events, the NHWGA State Amateur, High School, and more. I am so grateful to have met them all and they are all amazing people! I am looking forward to seeing everyone again soon and getting out to play.  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2021 full of lots of birdies and fun rounds! ~NH Golfer Gal