Unlike most teenagers, a typical week for an AJGA player begins and ends on an airplane. So far this summer, AJGA player Jordan Lippetz has traveled to Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, and now the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Oregon to compete in golf tournaments. Lippetz played in eleven tournaments during the 2010 tournament season. As she prepares for her sixth tournament so far this season, she considers a golf course to be her second home.
“I’ve only been home once since high school got out in May,” Lippetz said. “It’s an around-the-clock sport, but that’s all part of the game.”
Lippetz compared golf to volleyball, another sport she plays, and said it’s a whole other mindset. Rather than simply driving over to a gym to play a match, tournament competitors have to arrive at a course in the early morning hours four or five days in a row and walk a typical five-to-six miles each day.
Lippetz said she’s always in tournament mode, both on and off the course. “Other sports allow you to check into your hotel and have some down time before your tournament,” Lippetz said. “But with golf, as soon as I arrive I find the practice putting green.”
She’s a long way from her hometown of Bradenton, Fla., but Lippetz won’t let a change in terrain and temperature slow her down this week at the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
From Martinique to Thailand, the top AJGA players are in Sunriver, Ore., this week to play for the coveted Rolex Tournament of Champions title. No matter which way the players come and go from this invitational, it’s all up from here.
-- by Shelby Madsen, AJGA Communications