Tuesday, April 14

Jill McGill’s LPGA Tour Diary: Funk

By Jill McGill

HELLO TO ARMCHAIR GOLF FANS. My apologies for my four-week absence. I really don’t have a valid excuse other than frustration. I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but the rain today has forced me to the computer.

I’m not much of a writer. So to figure out how to express my feelings and emotions and try to put them to a keyboard is a bit of a challenge. So, now I will do my best to summarize my last three competitive weeks.


I think that about does it. What, you want more of an explanation? I can understand, so I will do my best in the following words to describe the downward spiral.

I actually wrote a blog from Mexico City and decided not to submit it. I think there is a fine line for people interpreting what is fact from excuse. Let’s just say I feel like my hard work and positive attitude are bound to pay off.

There are three facts/excuses that occurred in the last three weeks that proved to be very trying, and it seems as though I couldn’t overcome them.

The glamorous life of a tour pro had me arriving in Mexico City on Tuesday night around 6 p.m. While waiting for transportation for an hour, we contacted our rules officials to learn our pro-am shotgun times. I was informed I would be in the afternoon at 1:30. What a relief − I was going to be able to sleep in, work out, re-group.

Upon arrival at the hotel, I double checked the official tee time sheet posted in the lobby, and boy I was glad I did. I was actually slated to play in the morning at 7:30. Fast forward to Thursday at 7:15 a.m. and I’m searching for my cart (we’re allowed carts because of the terrain and the altitude of 8000 feet). I met by the rules official and asked what I’m doing there so early. Duh! I’m playing in the pro-am.

Long and short, my day started at 4 a.m. and ended at the course at 7 p.m. Yes, like I said let’s all have a pity party for me. I get it. Fact vs. excuse. I’m taking responsibility for not overcoming the exhausting day.

I did feel I made some progress with my game. I had worked with Randy Smith in Dallas the week before and was making some inroads. Four hundred dollars later with new plane tickets in our hands, my husband and I headed for the airport with our luggage and positive attitudes looking forward to Phoenix.

Luckily, Patrick’s friend (and our housing for the week) graciously and hospitably made us a wonderful dinner to relax after our four-hour plane ride and six-hour drive from LA to Phoenix.

Off Monday morning to play our new golf course and fine tune my progress with my game. For those of you curious about what a practice round entails, the key elements are observation, tedious notes about breaks and grain, and strategy. Even the most straightforward golf course requires a plan of attack.

With my practice, workouts,
check up with Stan Utley, and positive pro-am experience, I was ready to attack on Thursday. Instead I was met with a defeating wind.

Again, fact or excuse?

There are many girls who got the job done. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. I still had great intentions of a turnaround the next day. I posted a 3-over par and that wasn’t good enough.

So, what to do when you are down the road two weeks in a row? There isn’t anything you can do but go and cheer on your husband’s alma mater, Oklahoma, in March Madness.

Next time:
The year’s first major

For more on Jill, visit JillMcGill.com and see her last report, Singapore, at ARMCHAIR GOLF.


Jake said...

I think you did a great job of writing your thoughts down. Hope to see more of it on the blog later on in the season.

OrlandoGolfBlogger said...

Hey Jill,

Sorry to hear that you've been in a bit of a funk, happens to the best of us it seems..

Appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feelings.

I'd just like to remind you that you're doing what most of us only dream about doing. You're making a living out of doing what you love!

Most of us working stiffs get to experience the euphoria that comes from being on the golf course only a few times a month/year and you my lucky girl get to do it daily! :)

So back straight, head down, and keep your eye on the ball! :)

Lancer said...

As the great golf philosopher John Daly recently said, "There is no gain without sacrifice." Hang in there...you express yourself really well and your life seems much more interesting than those who daily face the 9 to 5 grind.

Patricia Hannigan said...

Hi Jill,

I always wonder how you LPGA girls do the traveling & the ProAms & the charity dinners & the schmoozing with sponsors & the press interviews & the practicing...and still have any energy left to play golf. The lifestyle must be one of the most demanding there is. You do a great job and you always look amazing.

Thanks for sharing you story and Best Wishes for the 2009 season.

Da Judge said...

Hang in there and stay positive. We enjoy reading your stuff !!

Heather Kerrigan said...


You are a much better writer than you think. I share my dinky golf stories on my blog. It's easy to share the stories about the wins and the hole in one. It is much harder to share the stories of struggle. There is a certain amount of emotional exposure that comes with such posts. It's hard, and sometimes uncomfortable.

Hearing your story, helps me keep my losses in perspective and understand they are part of the game (on a MUCH lower level than you). It makes me want to continue to fight and work on my game.Your honesty and candidness is most refreshing.

We are rooting for you and there is a lot of 2009 remaining!