Thursday, March 20, 2008


I will start off with the most recent news first...I won my first professional event yesterday in Phoenix on the Cactus Tour. We were playing at Las Colinas, which is a golf course I knew I liked, I guess I just didn't know exactly how much I liked it. I shot 68 the first day and was in 2nd by 2. The 2nd round, I had 9 birdies and 9 pars to shoot a 62 (par 71) and broke the course record. I then had an 11 stroke lead going into the last round. I shot 69 yesterday to win the event by 9. I had 4 bogeys for the entire round...kinda fun!!!! I should say it was a good way to finish (temporarily).

Now, the other news...I have taken a job as the assistant women's golf coach at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. About a month ago I was informed of an opening and it caught my curiosity. I gave myself a few days to think it over and decided to go ahead and apply to see what happened, if nothing else, it was good experience to go through the process. About a week later I got a phone call saying that I had made it to the final 5 and would be doing a phone interview. After going through that process, the next week I got another phone call saying that they had decided to bring in some other people for on campus interviews and I wasn't one of those people at that time, but that didn't mean I wouldn't hear back from them if they didn't hire any of those people. It had been about 2 weeks and I was pretty sure that it wasn't meant to be and that they had hired someone. Then, on Monday of last week, I got a phone call saying that they wanted to bring me up for an interview. I finished my Cactus Tour event last week (tied for 4th) and flew up to Portland early Thursday morning. After a long day of interviews (very intense) and walking around in shoes that should be against the law....because they hurt your feet so badly!!!, I retired to my hotel room feeling pretty good about the whole day, but not entirely sure. By 8:00 Friday morning before I had left town, the head coach, Rise Lakowske, had called me and offered me the job!!! I took a day to figure things out and make sure that I wanted to do this, and Saturday night I accepted the job.

I am very excited to be closer to home (2 - 2 1/2 hours) and to be back in the college golf atmosphere again. My golf this week after this decision only confirms to myself that I made a good decision and I am very, very happy and excited about it. I am in the airport right now getting ready to fly into Redmond (home) for a couple of days and then I will drive to Corvallis on Saturday morning to start my job! We have the University of Oregon tournament this Monday and Tuesday...I'll be sure and bring my rain gear! I will be at work for about a week and a half and then we travel down to Phoenix for the Arizona State tournament. At that point, my Mom is going to fly in and drive with me to Albuquerque (my car is still in Phoenix) and I will move all of my stuff up to Oregon.

I still have plans to play in some tournaments. I will be playing in the Futures Tour tournament in El Paso in early May, US Women's Open qualifying in May, and the Washington State Open in early June. Other than that, the schedule has not been determined. Again, I can't express how excited I am about this!!! I will still posts blogs periodically, I guess they will just be a bit different! (click on updates, results, and pictures)

GO BEAVERS!! ~Kailin

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Another lesson learned...

I will get to the lesson I learned in a minute. First, an update on my last couple of Cactus Tour events. February 20-22 we played at Las Colinas and I shot 75-65-73 to finish tied for 5th. That tied my low career round (the 65 that is) although this course was a par 71 rather than a par 72. Still, 65's are fun any day anywhere!!!

February 25-27 I played at Trilogy at Vistancia. I was staying with a friend of mine, who plays for the LPGA, AJ Eathorne, and another player Annie Young stayed with us as well. After the first round, we had plans to shoot 63 (AJ), 65 (me), and a 68 (for Annie) so that we could all be paired together the last round. Well, we didn't shoot those scores, instead 73, 73, 75 respectively, and still ended up being paired together. We had a good laugh about it and knew we would enjoy the round regardless. It was kind of fun because my college coach, Jackie, flew in Tuesday night before the last round to caddy for me on Wednesday and accompany me on the drive back to Albuquerque. AJ Eathorne was her player at New Mexico State a while back, so she enjoyed being able to caddy for me and watch AJ all at the same time. Like I said, the company was great, we had a great time, we just wished the golf had been better that day. I shot 75-73-78 to miss a check by 2 strokes. GRRRR!!!

Ok, so for the lesson I learned. After seeing that I was quite a ways back on the alternate list for the first two Futures Tour events in Florida, I changed my plans around and withdrew my name from the list, so that I could cancel my plane tickets and make plans to play elsewhere. Well, seeing where everything is right now, about a week before the first Futures Tour tournament in Lakeland, it looks as though I would have either gotten in or been one of the first 2 on the alternate list. I say lesson learned because obviously I won't be making those decisions so quickly next time, however, in my defense, I didn't forsee myself getting in and wanted to make sure to have plans to play somewhere else. It looks as though I will get in to the McAllen event, and maybe even the week before in Lafayette. I'm pretty hopeful for the El Paso event too, but will have to wait longer to find out on that one.

I have plans to go home for a couple of weeks for Easter and I'm excited for that. It's always fun to go home and see the fam!!! (just for a little while though!)

As always...birdies, birdies, birdies!!