I often get a chance to visit with various PGA and LPGA tour stars while they are at tournament sites. Since we have a working relationship, I’m “on call” and can usually get to the site during the practice days leading up to the tournament.
Most of the tour stars arrive at a tournament site on either Sunday night or Monday morning in order to have at least two if not three solid days of practice on the course prior to the start of competition play. In addition, they’re usually committed to playing in the Wednesday Pro-Ams that support local charities and golf programs.
During the week prior to the LPGA’s Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon, Paige Mackenzie gave me a call and asked if I could take a look at some of her short game techniques and putting stroke. Since I was “on call”, I shifted my schedule around and made plenty of time to spend some quality one-on-one time with her and her shot game. We were able to make some wonderful long-lasting improvements.
Now, I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence or my instructional ability (I like to think of it as the latter), but Paige finished the tournament shooting a 66 on the final day. Her three-round total of 207 was good enough for a T-8 finish, which ties here career high best finish and netted her a great week’s pay for her performance.
I know I have said it before, but it’s moments like these that are most meaningful for me and are really the reasons why I do what I do.