Pink Diva is continuing our series of interviews (Brittany Johnston, and Jackie Barenborg) with LPGA Futures Tour player Mallory Blackwelder! Mallory played her first U.S. Women’s Open at Broadmoor and was chosen for the Golf Channel’s Big Break Ireland that starts September 20, 2011.
Tell us a little about yourself – age, hometown, where you live now, college, etc.
I am from Versailles, KY and I am 24 years old. Currently I am still living in Versailles, but am planning on going to Phoenix for the winter to work on my game. I attended University of Florida for two years before transferring to University of Kentucky where I graduated with a Marketing degree in 2009 and played on the women’s golf team for my mother who was the coach from 2007-2010.
You come from a golfing family – can you tell us about that, and when you started playing golf?
My mom, Myra Blackwelder, was rookie of the year on the LPGA in 1980. My dad, Worth Blackwelder, has caddied full time on the LPGA for 20+ years. I traveled on the tour with my parents growing up and had a golf club in my hands from the time I could walk. I didn’t get serious about the game until later though. My first tournament was when I was 11 years old.
What year did you join the LPGA Futures tour? What has been your biggest challenge so far playing on Futures Tour?
I joined the LPGA Futures Tour in 2010. I was also an LPGA and Ladies European Tour (LET) member in 2010. My rookie season I played 3 LPGA events, 11 LET events, and 5 Futures Tour events.
The biggest challenge to playing on the Futures Tour is the financial side of tour life. The expenses of playing on the Futures Tour are very high and you have to play extremely well to make very much money, but the goal of earning an LPGA card is what we are all out there trying to do, so you just have to do whatever you can to make it work including finding sponsors, which is never easy.
Which LPGA golf pro has been your greatest inspiration and why?
I admire Juli Inkster for the fact that she has been playing on the LPGA so long and at such a high level. She has been able to balance having a family and being one of the best players in the world. She is also such a nice person. My dad caddied for her for 8 years of her career.
What part of your game are you working the hardest on?
Right now I feel like I’m playing good, solid golf. I am going to be playing my 7th event in a row – so at this point, I am trying to conserve my energy and body to be able to perform at a high level.
I am always working on improving my short game though, because I feel that this is the key to shooting under par more consistently.
Can you tell us about your experience at the 2011 US Open at Broadmoor? (Was this your first US Open?)
The 2011 U.S. Women’s Open was my first one, and it was an amazing experience. The course was so tough and the weather delays made it really hard. I didn’t play as well as I hoped because I missed too many fairways and the rough was brutal. But playing in the US Open and having my dad caddy for me there was really special.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you?
Something most people don’t know about me is I’m kind of a nerd! I was SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2009 and I love to read. If I get into a good book I won’t put it down!
What’s in your bag?
Taylor Made R11 Driver
Callaway Diablo Tour 3 wood
Callaway Diablo Tour 5 wood
Callaway Diablo Tour 3 hybrid
Callaway Diablo Tour 4 hybrid
Adams Idea 5 hybrid
Taylor Made Burner 2.0 6 iron through PW
Scratch 51 degree wedge
Scratch 57 degree wedge
Rife Island Series- Barbados Black putter
Who would be in your dream foursome and why?
I never know who to say my dream foursome would be but it would include my grandfather who passed away in March. He was in a wheelchair and I was never able to play golf with him but he was one of my biggest fans.
Is there anything you would like to add?
You can watch me on Golf Channel’s Big Break Ireland this September! The first episode is September 20th at 9 p.m. (Listen to Mallory’s interview about being selected for the next Big Break, click here).
Mallory Blackwelder’s family ties to LPGA Tour Video
Good luck the rest of year on the LPGA Futures Tour Mallory! We hope to see you on the LPGA very soon! Support the LPGA and the Futures Tour – attend an upcoming tournament. Bring a friend, and especially a young golfer girl!
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