California

Hi everyone,

My time in California so far has been great. I arrived on Thursday and worked with my Coach, Alison, in Los Angeles for a few hours. I got to work with her on Friday as well, just to try and get some things straightened out, especially since I haven’t seen her in 18 months. So that was really awesome. On Friday afternoon, I was able to see my personal trainer. I’ve been back in the gym the last couple of months, but I just felt lost and didn’t have much confidence with what I should have been doing. So she did all the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) testing to see where my weaknesses were etc so we’ve gone back to basics, and I feel great about it. 

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I played a practice round on the tournament course on Saturday, and then on Sunday, I had the opportunity to go to the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. This was pretty cool and nice to be able to see what it was like out there. The big things that stuck out to me was how many fairways they hit, and how many putts they holed from 8ft and in. It was really cool to be able to see the best in the world competing.

I played another practice round on Monday and spent some time practicing. I’m not in the pro-am this week, which is working well as its giving me time to work on the things my coach and I talked about. 

I’m going to work with my coach next week after the tournament. It’ll be great to fine tune some more parts of my game. It'll be especially nice after having competed to go through my stats etc to get a better idea of the areas that need improving.

I want to thank everyone who has donated to my gofundme page as it has been a huge part of me being able to get out here to California. Your help and support has been amazing and I appreciate it very much. So THANK YOU!

Be sure to follow the live scoring this weekend to see how I get on!

Start of the 2018 Season

Hi everyone,

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Well this week didn't quite go as well as last year! As disappointed as I am, I've had time to analyze the week and I feel overall, I played pretty well. I think it's important for me to keep things in perspective after everything I've been through last year. It's been exactly a year since my back injury started and I've only just been pain free in the last month or so. So with keeping that in mind, I can't be too hard on myself for missing the cut by 3. I hit a lot of good shots, I just had some rusty shots, and also a few penalty shots which isn't like me normally. My swing isn't 100% yet, but I feel in the last few years I've really learnt how to play golf no matter what game I have that day. My short game was reasonable, just needs a little fine tuning. I've now got some time to practice and get things sharpened up for a week before heading out to California.

When I'm out there I'm going to work with my coach Alison, which I'm really looking forward to. I haven't seen her for over 18 months, and a lot of what we've worked on is mental and done via phone calls or Skype. So it'll be great to work with her in person and get some things straightened out before the season gets fully underway. 

Please do what you can in donating on my gofundme fundraising page for my trip to California. I'm almost 1/3 of the way there and every little bit helps, so please donate what you can Thank you to everyone who has already donated so far!

Title Defense

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Well the 2018 season is upon us, and it's been a fun week so far. I played in the pro-am with the CEO of Florida's Natural yesterday, so that was a great experience.  Bob was a really nice guy, a very solid golfer, and I got to learn a little bit about our how the company works, which was pretty cool! Today, I practiced for a couple of hours before we had our annual player meeting. It feels great to be back on Tour and I'm looking forward to a great year ahead. I have no idea what this week will bring, but it sure will be fun defending my title of the Florida's Natural Charity Classic. 

If you haven't seen yet, I'm trying to raise some funds for my trip to California to play the second event of the year and to work with my coach Alison. Please donate at my gofundme page! Thank you and heres to a great year.

My Best Year Yet

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Hey everyone,

First of all, welcome to my new website! I decided it was time for a change, and I am very excited about it. I built it myself, with the help of my business savvy older sister. It’s taken a little while to do, but I’m really pleased with the outcome and I feel it’s been worth it. I will solely be running the website myself so feel free to contact me anytime.

This past year has been frustrating to say the least, hence why I’ve been quieter than usual. At times, I’ve really had nothing to say, which in itself is frustrating. Winning the first event of the season last year, was an accumulation of 18 months of hard work and dedication. It was great to feel rewarded, after struggling a little in 2016. However, having the back injury after that wasn’t ideal, but I have definitely learned some patience, and it’s also made me realize that I don’t need to play every event on the schedule in order to have a successful season. I’m glad 2017 is behind me, and I’m looking forward to a very successful season this year.

This off season I’ve been focusing on strengthening my core, and going to pilates and yoga a few times a week. It’s been great to get into a regular gym schedule, after not being able to work out for quite some time. I was able to spend 2 months at home in Jersey with my family. I got to spend a lovely Christmas at home, although the weather wasn’t ideal for practice. Sometimes it’s nice to get away from golf and get a little break. I worked hard on my mental game and fitness, when I wasn’t able to practice so I feel ready and raring to go. I’m really looking forward to getting this season underway, and it would be great to get started like I did last year, but more than anything I’m just going to love being back out there competing again!

I have decided to set up a fundraising page again this year with gofundme. The second event of the season is out in California, and I am going to combine it with seeing my coach Alison Curdt, for a few days to get some good work in. Due to last season, I was unable to see her at any point so it would be great to have a chance to work with her and make 2018 my most successful year yet. Please click here to help me in any way you can. Thank you.

I also became an auntie for the first time in February, and I was there to be able to welcome baby Malo into the world. She is beautiful and so cute (I will always be biased)! I’ve always looked forward to being an auntie and it’s even more special than I imagined. Although I think I’ll wait a few more before trying to get her into golf! As hard as it was to leave home, it was time to get back to work, and with technology nowadays I am able to get daily pictures and videos of Malo.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my website so far and please feel free to have another look around. I am going to be keeping you updated throughout the season, and be sure you follow me on my social media pages to keep up with me every day.

Thank you for your continued support. I’m looking forward to my best year yet. 

2017 Season Is Upon Us

Hey everyone!

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Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season spent with family and friends. I’m finally back after a much needed break from the everyday hustle and bustle of being a professional golfer. I decided this offseason it was important for me to get away from social media for a little while, and focus on myself and enjoying life. Not gonna lie, it’s been very nice. However, with the season upon us I wanted to reconnect with you all to update you on everything I’ve been up to and what lies ahead.

Once the 2016 season was over, my main focus was to find somewhere to live, in Orlando, and to get a job for the winter. It took me a few weeks to figure out both, but the living situation has worked out really well. The apartment is nice and very close to everything I need on a day to day basis. My roommate is lovely and we get along very well. The nice thing is she works through the night and sleeps during the day so we are on opposite schedules and we don’t see much of each other. So I pretty much have the place to myself. The job, however, was not as successful. Amazon were hiring seasonal workers for the Christmas period and in my mind this seemed like the perfect part-time job. Not so much. The hours were awkward and unpredictable, and they worked you pretty hard for the small amount of money you were earning. In one day alone, we scanned almost 400,000 packages! Crazy! I really enjoyed learning about the company and how it operates, but I’m glad it was just seasonal. Let’s just say it made me appreciate having golf as my job a little more than I already did.

I’ve actually been surprised at how difficult it was to find a part-time job for the short amount of time I needed. I thought Amazon would have been perfect but then I ended up working most of the time which left me with very little time to practice. So I decided that up until Christmas I would take a break from golf and just work as much as I could to earn some money.

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a family vacation to Vietnam. Wow what a country. I was a bit skeptical about going and that was purely due to ignorance. I knew very little about Vietnam and maybe was quick to judge. However, I was blown away with how beautiful it is there, and the people were some of the nicest in the world. So smiley and happy, which is always refreshing. The first part of the trip was a bit hectic as we stayed downtown in the city of Hanoi. The majority of locals drive motorbikes, and they don’t have any traffic laws there so it’s a bit like dodging bullets to get anywhere. A bit stressful, but certainly adds to the fun of it. The second part of the trip was much more laid back and relaxing. This was just what I needed as it gave me time to reflect on the season past and on the upcoming season.

It was so nice to be able to spend time with my family. They are my biggest supporters and it’s hard when I only get to see them once a year. But that’s all part of the sacrifice. We have a wonderful time in Vietnam and I left feeling refreshed and happy and ready to work hard for the 2017 season.

I feel really great about where I am at mentally and physically for this upcoming season. I made a lot of great progress in becoming more consistent last year, making 15/20 cuts. More than I’d ever made in a season. This year I want to be able to build on that and try to bring some of the ‘young Olivia’ back into play. The fiery, passionate player I’ve always been known for. This year I want to focus my attention on ‘feel’ and making things simple again. I think after finishing 11th in 2013, I was lost and felt like I needed to change everything because I didn’t finish inside the Top 10. When actually I should have kept everything the same, because not even a full shot separated me from 10th spot. So what I was already doing was working, but obviously hard to see that at the time.

A lot of the things I’ve worked on the last year with my coach, Alison, have made me physically and mentally stronger than ever. Now I want to incorporate the Olivia that won me 2 tournaments back into my game. I’m feeling excited and raring to go.

What I’ve seen of the schedule so far looks very promising. The first event in Winter Haven is only 35 minutes from my house in Orlando, which means expenses would be low. Always got to love that, especially at the beginning of the season. However, we then go out to the West Coast for 3 weeks, starting in Palm Springs California, then onto Phoenix, Arizona, then back to California, near Sacramento. Obviously, the expenses will be high for this part of the schedule, but I feel I can’t really afford to miss these events as it’ll set me back 3 events at the start of the season. With the economic climate the way it is at the moment, sponsorship is proving to be hard to find. I decided it would be a good idea to set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds so I can get my season off to a positive start and so I don’t have to worry about finances as much. GoFundMe is a website which allows people to setup a campaign in order to raise money. I thought this would be a great way for anyone, no matter where you are in the world, to hopefully contribute to my dream of chasing my LPGA card. I feel great about the 2017 season and I hope you do too. No donation is too small, so please help me in any way you can. Every little bit helps! Here is the link to my GoFundMe Page

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I will be sure to keep you updated on my journey the next few weeks as I’m getting warmed up for the 2017 season. I’m excited about what lies ahead and have a feeling this year is going to be my best year yet.

Now time to head to the golf course and get practicing. Keep an eye out on social media pages for regular updates on my practice drills and swing videos!