My family and I have spent that last few summers staying with family friends up in Wisconsin, and this year is no exception. I really enjoy our time in the upper Midwest. We all live such busy lives that it’s great to have everyone together for a couple of weeks and just relax.
This trip, however, is shaping up to be one of the best yet as I was able to caddie for one of my students, Jessie Gerry, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, during the 2013 Wisconsin Women’s Golf Association State Match Play Championship.
Jessie played great and won the match-play championship this past Wednesday, defeating University of Indianapolis golfer Jenny Konop 5-and-4 at Bulls Eye Country Club in Wisconsin Rapids. It was truly an amazing display of golf. I caddied the last three matches. Jessie was eight-under through 14 holes in the semi-finals and five-under thru 14 holes in the finals, with no bogeys in either round. She’s got a bright future in golf ahead of her.
I started working with Jessie when she was a sophomore in high school, so it’s that much more special to come full circle and see her competing at the level she is today. She has a very sound golf swing, but I was able to use my experience playing on the PGA TOUR to help with her overall playing strategy. We put a lot of thought into each shot and considered all of the possible scenarios. We must have done something right because she cruised to victory in the first match-play competition of her amateur career.
Take a look at the photo of me with Jessie holding the winner’s trophy – a memory I’ll cherish for years to come. Keep up the great playing, Jessie, and good luck at LPGA Tour Qualifying School later this fall!