Life of a pro golfer; What I would have told my younger self part 3
Posted on 21 December 2015
In the spring of 2012 I came home and played a few mini tour events but knew it was the beginning of the end, I was really not enjoying myself on tour or on the road all the time, I was getting pretty sick of living out of my suitcase. I basically took 2012 off and did not return back to Q School, after a much needed small break from the game I started road cycling and only playing a round of golf when I really wanted to, slowly but surely I wanted to play more and more, fun rounds that is with my buddies. After a winter off of the game I was really jonesing to get out there in the spring of 2013, I even signed up for the LPGA Canadian Open Monday Qualifier that just happened to be held at a golf course in Edmonton that I had won the Alberta Amateur event at in 2007. I played and practiced for fun all summer leading up to the event but keeping the goal of qualifying in the back of my mind. I had my brother caddy for me at the August qualifier and had a pretty great feeling about my chances of making it, I started the round birdie, par, birdie, birdie and putted my way through the round. 23 putts later I shot 71 and tied for second at the event, qualifying me for my lifelong dream of playing on the LPGA. The LPGA event that started on the Thursday was another story, I was so nervous and all those pressures that I put on myself while I was playing full time on tour came right back. I am super proud to say that I played in an LPGA event but I wish I could have had the same attitude going into the event as I did for the qualifier, I know now that I would have enjoyed myself much more. After playing in that LPGA event I felt like I had accomplished a part of my goal but realized that the stress and the pressure was something I was not ready for. I decided to finish my playing career after that event.
Nicole Mendelman - Former touring golf professional