The Professional Golfer | 30 Under 30 Class of 2019
"I've played and loved golf ever since I can remember. I started at the age of 2 and fell in love with it at an early age."
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Ohio and moved to Scottsdale when I was 11.
Who is your role model?
Where do you live now?
What is your theme song?
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.
Why do you love what you do?
It allows me to travel across the country and meet some of the most interesting people.
How did you discover your passion for golf?
I’ve played and loved golf ever since I can remember. I started at the age of two and fell in love with it at an early age. It has always been a huge part of my life.
How do you define success?
Accomplishing your goals or making progress toward them.
What motivates you?
The feeling of success and accomplishment.
What is the most recent tournament you competed in?
I last competed toward the end of April in San Francisco before taking medical leave for the remainder of my 2018 season.
How did you do?
It was not my best performance but made me open my eyes to the fact that I had a serious injury that needed tending to and that I would not be able to compete at my full potential until I was healthy again.
What was your injury?
Around March I was diagnosed with a more severe case of tendinitis. I had both golf elbow and tennis elbow. After I would play golf, my forearm would swell up to the size of a baseball, but I wasn’t really experiencing pain when I was actually playing. Since I wasn’t experiencing pain, I figured I could just continue on playing and be okay. However, it began impacting my performance in the following few weeks and once the doctors made the diagnosis and told me the severity, I decided to take medical leave for the remainder of the season and begin therapy. The recovery process has been brutal. The only real cure is rest, so I had to stop hitting golf balls for about five months. I have finally, in the last two months, begun playing golf again. Obviously not a great way to spend your rookie year with an injury, but I learned I have to listen to my body and that’s key in any sport.
Lindsey started golfing when she was two and fell in love. Now, she’s a full-time pro golfer. “I always wanted to play professionally after I graduated and one day make it to the LPGA,” she shared.
Unfortunately, in March 2018, Lindsey’s rookie season was cut short with a severe case of tendinitis. She had both golf elbow and tennis elbow causing her forearm to swell to the size of a baseball. The only cure was rest and as the injury began to affect her performance, Lindsey decided to take a medical for the remainder of the 2018 season.
After five months of not hitting golf balls and spending lots of time in physical therapy, she’s preparing for the 2019 season. Lindsey is playing golf again, feeling healthy and ready to travel the world while competing in the sport she loves.
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What are the biggest differences between golfing in college and golfing professionally?
They are extremely different. College is more of a pampered lifestyle. Your coaches make all of your travel arrangements, you stay in the nicest hotels and go to the nicest restaurants. All you have to worry about is playing golf. Professional golf is a lot more work. It’s a full-time job. You have to make all of your own travel arrangements (flight, hotel, rental car, caddy, practice rounds) and those bills begin to add up quickly, which adds a lot more pressure to play good golf. There is much more on the line when it is your livelihood and your job.
Did you plan to golf competitively after college?
I always wanted to play professionally after I graduated to see if I was good enough to one day make it to the LPGA.
What has been the best experience you’ve had playing in the LPGA?
Traveling internationally. Our season started in the Bahamas and Australia and they were amazing places unlike anywhere I had ever been before.
Is golf your full-time job?
What do you do when you’re not golfing?
I love to shop, bake and love hanging out with my dog, Donut! I also workout every day for about an hour.
What advice would you give to young women interested in pursuing a golfing career?
It involves a lot of sacrifice but the places you travel to, the friends you make and the people you meet make it all worth it. It is unlike any other job in the best way. Plus, you are your own boss!
"Obviously not a great way to spend your rookie year with an injury, but I learned I have to listen to my body and that's key in any sport."