Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
The Futures Tour has had a tournament in Ohio for the past 20 years. So when I started playing back in 2001, we traveled to Lima, OH. This was a great event here because it had been held at this site for at least 10 years. The community always knew when we were coming to town and always very excited. This is very important when traveling all over the country, to feel welcome and make sure the community has a good time with the event.
Anyway, the site in Lima could not afford to hold the tournament for another year starting back in 2005. However, the state of Ohio still thought it was important to have the Futures Tour still traveling there. So after Lima, we headed to Batavia, OH near Cinncinnati. This course was fantastic and I saw a lot of familiar faces from Lima. But again, the site needed to be moved again and we ended up in Mason, OH. We played at The Golf Center of King’s Island. A Senior PGA tour event along with LPGA events have been hosted there. This center is also currently holding many professional tennis tournaments.
So this area is no stranger on how to run a high quality professional event. I’m not “behind the lines” of running the event, but it appeared to me that everything ran smoothly and we had some really nice crowds out for the tournament. The community was more than excited to have us in the area. I was shown first hand how welcome we were there with the couple we stayed with. I was pampered all week and felt very comfortable staying there. My mom even had a chance to experience the life of a professional golfer in housing. She made the trip out for the event and also got to stay with me.
My housing hosts were very accommodating and made me feel happy to be there. I was so comfortable, I asked one of my housing hosts, Dave, to caddy for me. Always good to have some local knowledge of the course. He did a fantastic job and even out ran me on a few holes with the bag on his back! So not only did I have a great place to stay and a great golf course, I had a very nice fan club all week: my mom, my caddy, his wife, Sharon, & also two very good friends Angie & Lori. I hope they enjoyed watching the golf as much as I enjoyed seeing all of them! Thank you guys, you made my week one to never forget!!!