Altvater: BG native Caroline Powers learns from Marathon ClassicWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
Local product Caroline Powers made an appearance on the LPGA Tour this week at the Marathon Classic.
Powers is in her first year of professional golf and is playing full time on the Symetra Tour. She has two top-10 finishes in 12 starts on that tour this year and is hoping to finish in the top-10 at the end of the season to earn a promotion to the LPGA Tour for 2015.
She was a standout performer at Bowling Green High School and in Toledo Junior Golf Association events before attending Michigan State University.
Powers earned All Big-Ten First Team honors at MSU and helped the Spartans win consecutive Big-Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012.
She qualified for the 2013 and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Opens, but missed the cut both years.
Powers shot a four-over-par 75 in the first round on Thursday in the Marathon Classic and then spent some time on the range working on short-iron approach shots to prepare for the second round on Friday.
It is obvious she is enjoying the travel and the experience of playing golf for a living. Golf has not become a job yet for the first-year pro.
After her practice session she commented:
“I love it so far. Every week is something new and different things happen that you have not seen before. I also get to see a lot of new places that I wouldn’t get to see, if not for golf.”
Visiting a different city and a new golf course every week is an adventure to be enjoyed and savored when you are young.
Of her experience at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst she said:
“Pinehurst got the best of me. It was a tough track. I wasn’t hitting it very straight off the tee and didn’t set myself up very well for the rest of the hole. I didn’t make a single birdie for the first two rounds.”
“I was excited to get the sponsor’s exemption into the Marathon Classic to get another shot at the LPGA girls and hopefully I will be with them full time next year.”
One of her cousins, Emily (Bastel) Glaser played on the LPGA Tour and is currently the head coach of the University of Florida women’s golf team. Another cousin Nick Myers is the head professional right here at Highland Meadows Golf Club and she has several other cousins and uncles that are PGA professionals.
Golf is the family business.
Powers followed up her first-round 75 with a two-over par 73 in the second round and missed the cut by four shots.
Even though she didn’t make the cut at Pinehurst or the Marathon Classic this week, she did outscore U.S. Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie this week.
Wie posted 74-76 eight-over-par for the first two rounds at Highland Meadows and missed the cut by seven shots.
So are the trials in the life of a professional golfer.
Powers will take the lessons she learned this week from the Marathon Classic and travel to Albany, New York, for the SEFCU Championship at Capital Hills next week on the Symetra Tour.
Northwest Ohio golf fans have another reason to follow women’s golf. They can follow Caroline Powers’ progress at her website and root for her to make it to the LPGA Tour.
Fred Altvater offers golf tips and videos at www.toledoohiogolflessons.com. Email him at BackNine@toledofree press.com or follow him on Twitter @tolohgolfr.
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