Archive for February, 2012

First week

Well, the first event is under my belt and we are off to Thailand.
It’s funny because I told myself to relax going into the first three events this year. I did take an extended break and I need to lower my expectations going in. Haha. Then I get in the middle of it and I’m upset with my finish!!
There were all kinds of positives to the first week. Royal Melbourne was a tough test right out of the gate. The common response from everybody was it had a British Open feel. The only difference was the speed of the greens. At least at the British Open the greens are a little slower.
However, it was a great experience and I’m still excited to play next week!:)
Our weeks are so busy it’s hard to fit any sightseeing in, but we did find our way to the casino! The rules were a little different at black jack. 22 is a push and random strangers could place a bet on my hand. As you can imagine I didn’t last long. The dealer didn’t like it when I pushed the random chips out of my box. Kinda funny though. We had a great time and we were all reminded how much we love Vegas!!!
On to the sauna this week. I can tell I’m getting older because I’m actually looking forward to the heat!
Speaking of old. I caught myself looking around at all of the players on the train at the airport. It occured to me out of maybe ten to twelve players only one had played longer, Karrie Webb. Oh, and I played my final round with a fourteen year old!!
Where is Juli Inkster when you need her?!?:)

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Going to the course

This is as close as I have ever been to an elephant!!

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Starting a new year!

Wow here I am again on my way to start another season. Twelve to be exact. This off season has been one of the best I have ever had as a professional. I took my longest break ever, almost two months. I drove to my place in Colorado and went skiing everyday I could!!
I’m learning a few things about my “older” self. I don’t like working out anymore. So skiing was serving two purposes, forget about golf and get back in shape. I loved everyday of it!! I think people thought I was kidding when I said I could be a ski bum.:)
My family came up for Christmas and then I went back to Texas to celebrate the New Year. And back to Colorado for the last few days on the slopes.
I spent a week in Florida playing in outings and then a few days in Arizona at PING. I went for a driver and fell in love with the i20 irons. Old school PING feel to them, so I’m excited to get into a tournament and find out if the feel and reality match up!
So here I am on the plane to Australia to get the year going. If somebody would have told me twelve years ago I would be flying on the biggest commercial airplane for three weeks overseas to start the year, I would have laughed. Followed by, well I’m sure I won’t last that long anyway.

Even though I didn’t have an exciting offseason by some standards, I had a few revelations.

1) Just kept occurring to me how blessed I am. I watch all kinds of sports and see how the clock can run out on people. Injuries step in and change plans. Can you imagine Peyton Manning never taking another snap?? That would be awful. I still get to play. No matter how mad and crazy this game makes me, I still get to play.

2) Kinda like one, I’m lucky I still love to play this game. I took two months off because I was mentally exhausted from battling this hardest game I have ever played. Four years in college and eleven on tour is a long time to chase a little white ball. 🙂 Fortunately, I’m ready to go again!!

3) The body isn’t what it used to be. Need I say more!!!! Brutal getting older!:)

4) I’m excited about the work The Angela Stanford Foundation is doing. I can’t explain how lucky I am to have a board and executive director who turn all of our visions into reality. This fall we will give our first round of scholarships to students who’s families have been touched by cancer. Talk is one thing but actions are different. Pretty cool to get to help people.

5) I would be lying if I said I am completely happy with my career on tour. Yes, I want to win more and I want one of those to be a major. Just when I started to think I might have missed my chance, I am reminded Ben Hogan won his first of nine majors at the age of 34.

So get ready! I hope to make this year a little more exciting!!;)
As my friend Pat Green says “Here I go off again to the rodeo”.

Thanks to everybody out there for being a fan through thick and thin!
Angela