Besides golfing on the Symetra Tour, one thing you might not know is that rookies have to complete 2 "Outside the Ropes" (i.e. volunteering) activities during the course of the season. And for me, I was excited to get involved with the community. Sometimes you just get so caught up in competing and focusing during tournament weeks (especially consecutive weeks) that you need to step away for a second. But more importantly, I wanted to be able to give back a little after how much all the sponsors and communities support us each and every week. So my first experience was at S.A.F.E. Place in Battle Creek, Michigan which is a shelter for victims of domestic violence. It was very eye opening and I learned so much about how critical it is for these types of community services to exist. My second experience was a First Tee Junior Clinic in Kansas City. The kids were so awesome and there was so much potential for all of them. It reminded me of how fun golf should be. Also, the two themes of the clinic were perseverance and confidence and that's what I used to motivate me that week in Kansas City. After both these experiences, I found that I really enjoyed doing them! So I did a third one! Another junior clinic in Decatur. And I found myself being in complete awe again at the love of the game these little ones were showing. This is just another reason why I love being on tour!
And apparently being a professional athlete doesn’t make you immune from Olympic fever! It's been all the talk this week on the course, range, putting green, everywhere! The Olympics are just so inspiring and with golf being added to the Olympics, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't want to be in Tokyo in 2020. As I write this right now, Penny Oleksiak (a Canadian swimmer from Toronto) has made Canadian swimming history by winning the most medals by any swimmer in the Olympics for Canada and has just won Canada's first GOLD medal in Rio in the 100m freestyle! That's just so amazing! It's incredible! Good luck to all the athletes in Rio! Inspiration is the key word that defines the Olympics and this one is no exception!
P.S. Go Team CANADA!!!!