Albuquerque's Katie Kempter is off to a promising start with a new focus on the mental game while playing on the Symetra Tour, the new name for the LPGA Futures Tour. She offers this update:
I'm playing a full season on the Symetra Tour (formally known as the LPGA Futures Tour) and look to qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open and maybe travel back to Asia for a couple events later this fall.
Our season has slowly gotten underway, as we have played three events since the end of March. We have the month of May off, so I'm spending my time in Albuquerque, working with my coach, Bill Harvey, and preparing for our long stretch beginning in June and ending the middle/end of September.
I'll be playing the Colorado Women's Open this year, the end of May, and will play in the U.S. Women's Open qualifier at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs on June 3.
Bill and I did some great work leading up to my back-to-back events in Sarasota, Fla, and in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As a result, I finished T12th and T14th. I was in the second-to-last pairing both weeks on the final day and got a taste of being in the hunt. The putts didn't drop as much as I would have liked, but I'm pleased with the progress I am seeing on the course, swing wise and mentally.
This winter I began putting an emphasis on improving my mental game. I have begun to work with a man named Tim Kremer, founder of Sprit of Golf, who has helped me return back to my love for the game of golf. He has some amazing ideas and a wonderful outlook on the game. Our biggest focus has been allowing me to relax before the shot and then detaching from the shot after it has been hit, thus staying in a calm, relaxed state of mind.
I'll continue to update as the season really begins to get underway the month of June. I hope to see some of you out there on the links this year and happy golfing to all of you!