After break and induction into USC Hall, it's back to golf

October 5, 2010 

September didn't offer a whole lot of golf on the LPGA Tour, but nonetheless, I was still busy as usual.

We did have one event in the past month. That was down in Rogers, Ark., where I was able to continue playing well and finished tied for fifth. Unfortunately, just when I start finding my golf game the schedule thins and limits playing opportunities. I guess that's my own fault for starting to play good golf in August. Would have been nice if I had found that swing back in February at the beginning of the season!

I am back on the road now about to start a stretch of six events in a row - beginning in Alabama and ending in Mexico, with California, Malaysia, Korea and Japan in between. If there is one thing that I have learned in four years on the LPGA Tour, it's understanding my body and knowing that I can't play more than three or four in a row, especially out of the country. So I will be skipping the trip to Malaysia, but will still be pretty busy as the season winds down.

As I said, I didn't play many events this past month, but I did get to experience one of the coolest and most memorable days and honors in my career thus far. I got inducted into the University of South Carolina Hall of Fame! I can't really say that was a goal of mine when I started my college career back in 1999 because it was something that I never thought was possible. I considered myself to have a solid college career, but like every athlete and every competitor, it could always be better. I was a bit shocked and most honored to be able to join the best athletes in Gamecocks history in an elite group that I can always say I am a part of.

The Hall of Fame induction dinner was so special because I was able to have everyone there who made it all possible. Family, friends, teammates, roommates and sponsors all joined me that night to celebrate with me. It's pretty cool to look out at the crowd and see 20 people who are there for you and who have helped you get where you are. Not that I didn't already know how lucky I was, but that was just another special night to remember.

So now back on the road. I'm hoping I can pick up where I left off with swinging it really well and putting myself in contention. I'm excited to play this week in Alabama where my parents will get to come out for only the second time this year. I'm praying for good golf and good tee times so I can watch my Gamecocks upset the Crimson Tide on Saturday and my Braves beat up on the Giants in the NLDS. I do have the best job in the world, just not when we play day games on Saturday.

KRISTY MCPHERSON is a LPGA Tour member and Conway native. She writes a monthly column that appears in The Sun News the first Tuesday of each month.

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