I began golf at an early age, growing up in South Bend, Indiana, spending many hours on the course with my parents. My hard work and dedication paid dividends during my junior and college years, including becoming the Indiana State Amateur Champion, Indiana Women's Open Champion and 1st team NCAA All-American. My college career at Louisiana State University included a third place individual finish at the NCAA tournament and 11 top five finishes.
Late in my senior year of college (2001), I suffered an unfortunate hand injury while playing in the second round of the SEC championship. I played a plugged ball in the mud in a water hazard that loosened a joint in my right hand. Despite the injury, I was able to finish the tournament with a course and tournament record 65 (7 under par). The more golf I played the more my hand hurt. Later I learned the hand injury would require several surgeries and my hopes of a professional golf career may be in jeopardy.
During the next 9 years I worked as an Information Technology Professional and followed my dream of becoming a wife and a mother of two wonderful children. I played golf less than 5 rounds a year during that time, mostly in corporate events, and my hand still hurt at impact. I still yearned to play competitive golf again.
In 2010 when my daughter was 1 1/2, I started going to the golf course in the evenings to play 9 holes when my husband came home from work. It was "me" time. Interesting thing occurred, my hand didn't hurt (big surprise) and my game was in pretty good shape. I decided it was now or never. This was my second chance. In June 2010, I decided to pursue my dream of professional golf. Since turning professional, I have finished 2nd in the Texas Women’s Open twice (2010, 2011), won the Wigwam Cactus Tour event (2010), won a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event (2011), and participated in both the US Women’s Open (2011) and the Canadian Women’s Open (2011). I earned my 2012 LPGA tour card in December 2011.