So if you haven't quite been following what I've been up to, which is totally okay since we all have busy lives and probably more important things to do, I've become a professional golfer! Yes, PROFESSIONAL GOLFER. It's still so strange for me to say it out loud let alone type it out in this blog. Even though the only major difference between amateur golf and professional golf is winning money, the idea of being a professional in anything is kind of daunting! The first thing that always comes to my mind is "Woah, this is crazy! I have the same profession as Annika Sorenstam, Jordan Spieth, Inbee Park, Arnold Palmer, etc.". But the second thing that comes to my mind is "What defines a professional golfer?". So I thought about this for a while and here's what I came up with. A professional golfer is first and foremost someone who wants to play golf as a job and earn money doing it. She chooses to pursue a dream of playing golf at the highest level. She knows that it will not be easy but promises to do her best to be the best and remain humble. And lastly, she knows that at the end of the day, golf is just a game and that her profession is more of a privilege and opportunity than a necessity for survival.
With all that being said, I had the opportunity to play in my first event as a pro on the NWGA mini-tour at Forest Lake Golf Club in Ocoee, Florida. There were a lot of new faces but also many familiar faces from Canada and college golf. It was pretty much like any other golf tournament -- including the dreaded 5am wake up call and 5 hour plus round. Now for the good part...the result. Let's just say winter rust is real! It definitely wasn't my most spectacular display of golf but I did bat the ball around proficiently enough to do alright. I ended up placing 28th out of 37 pros with a score of +16 over 3 rounds. No money to be had here but fortunately it's only the 1st event of the year!
With a whole season left of tournaments, all I can say is that I'm excited for this journey to continue! New opportunities always lead to new experiences! Hopefully I make a little dough along the way, and with some hard work and perseverance I'm sure it will come. Thanks for keeping up with ET! G.O.L.F.