Oct 11, I turned 45 years old making me eligible to qualify for the Legends Tour, the official senior tour for LPGA players. Playing against LPGA’s all time best. This is very exciting because it’s an opportunity to play more professional tournaments, make more money, and spread Narcolepsy awareness to a new market of people.
In November, was the last Legends Tour event of 2015. I attempted to qualify among 19 others players, even though I had a bad cold and was not feeling great. I shot 4 over on my front nine, and managed to come back with 1 under on the back. A score of 75 normally is unlikely to qualify for such an elite event. I was disappointed but also knew I did the best I could. I took a nap in the car while waiting for the rest of the scores to come in. When I woke, Jody, my boyfriend, informed me that we may be in a playoff. I was very excited at the possible opportunity and proceeded to warm up again. Im feeling very refreshed from my nap and ready to go. Its official, 4 players for 1 spot, sudden death playoff. Jody gave me a pep talk on the range and said “Par is not good enough, make a birdie and be done with it”. I was very nervous, but determined to give myself a chance for birdie. I hit my best drive of the day and a solid wedge to 10 feet directly under the hole. Jody reminded me that I had this same angle in our morning round, so I remembered the putt goes a tad left. DRANO!!! It went in. So very exciting!!!!! (and no cataplexy). I just qualified for my first Legends Tour event. Yippee!!!
In the Legends event, I struggled my first round with a 73. But in my second round I was on fire. 5 birdies in my first 8 holes, and now in contention to win. It was extremely hot & humid in Delray Beach, FL and I was feeling my cataplexy. I wasn’t sure if it was the heat or the nerves. I guzzled a bunch of water and ate some food. 2 holes later, I was feeling better again. I think I was overheated and dehydrated. Sometimes, cataplexy is an aid that tells me to drink and eat. I finished my round with a 66 and came in 2nd place. Made a nice big check! So fun. So happy. So exciting.
This finish will get me into the next Legend Tour event in March in Phoenix, AZ. Can’t wait!!!!