HOME SWEET HOME! Time at home has never felt better than it does right now! I just got back to the States after a five week stretch of tournament play in Australia and New Zealand and I can honestly say there is no place like home 🙂

Don’t get me wrong, Australia and New Zealand were both incredibly gorgeous countries filled with the most hospitable people I have ever met. The first couple weeks were a blast traveling with my mom (& caddie), touring places that I had heard about but never actually thought I would visit. I was able to see the Sydney Opera House, the Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes in Melbourne, and some kangaroos on the golf course in Canberra! I even tried the well know Australian food ‘vegemite’ at the urging of one of my Australian host families……let us just say one bite was enough for me. 😉 I had a great time and it was definitely a trip I will remember all my life. I cannot wait to go back next year.

Towards the latter part of our trip I started to miss the simple conveniences of home. I missed my lucky charms cereal in the morning, Panera Bread lunches, not having to concentrate on driving on the ‘right’ side of the road, my bed, cable television with the shows I watch, unlimited internet access, and of course (being a typical teenage girl) texting & talking on my phone. And obviously I missed my dad and three younger siblings as well. So it was nice to come home and enjoy the things I had always taken for granted. And what made the trip home even sweeter was that I arrived home the day before my 20th birthday! I was able to spend my birthday at home with family and friends, a great present in itself.

Despite getting the homesick bug, I am so glad I went and played well in my first golf trip overseas. I matured as a player and learned a ton about international travel that will help me be more prepared in the future. I also got to play and test my game against some of the best players in the world. And OK, I just gotta get this out there, Yani Tseng is playing some stellar golf and whatever she is eating for breakfast …. make mine a double order! Like seriously, the girl can play and it is so great to have joined the top level in women’s professional golf.

If these past five weeks give any indication to how this season on tour is going to be then I am so excited to get my LPGA rookie season started!

God Bless,

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