Aimee Caligiore's Road to the LPGA
I went back to Florida in November 2015 and couldn't have been more excited. I was able to return to the full-time job I had the previous winter at Orange County National. I have been playing in National Women's Golf Association events, as well as trying to qualify for Symetra Tour events, the developmental circuit of the LPGA.
In March of 2017, I had my best finish as a professional, tying for 8th in an NWGA event shooting 71-72-74. I earned my first professional check and since then I feel like I have gained so much confidence.
After my performance at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament (Q-school) in August 2015, I qualified for my first Symetra Tour event in June 2016 in Albany, NY. That was a great experience for me, being so close to making the cut in my first ever Symetra Tour event, as well as playing so close to home. It definitely boosted my confidence and I felt as if I belonged in a larger, more competitive field.
I returned to Q-school in August 2017 and improved my standing even further, and now have great chances to play in Symetra Tour events in 2018. Along the way, I have started working with instructor Nick Adcock, who has introduced me to swing improvements that now have me striking the ball better than ever. I have played some winter tournaments, posting a number of rounds in the low 70s. Now I feel the next breakthroughs are right around the corner.
Right now, I feel I am the best player I have ever been, and my chances for success are better than ever.
I graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where I achieved the following:
--The only female golfer in school history to be named All-American.
--School record for most rounds in the 70s.
--Winner of the first-ever ECAC Championship.
--Participated in the NCAA Championship twice, once as an individual.
--Best individual finish in the NCAA Championship.
--Named to the All East Region Team twice.
--Best season stroke average.
--Most Top 10 career finishes.
To help cover my tournament costs, I am asking for your assistance. The entry fees and travel expenses (including room and board) add up quickly. Your support, no matter how big or small, would be significant to me and used strictly for these expenses and events.
I want to thank those who have donated and helped me get to Q-School the past three years. And thanks to Nick and my parents for their undying belief in me.
The road to reach my ultimate goal of being on the LPGA Tour is underway, and I can't wait to see what the future brings.
Thank you very much for your encouragement and for listening! I will post updates here regularly to inform you of my progress. I hope you will return often.
Despite very windy conditions, my ball-striking, once again, was excellent although a little better in the final 2 rounds when I hit 14 and 12 greens in regulation. In the first round, I shot 75 hitting 8 greens, but my short game work in recent months paid off as I saved par 7 out of 10 times. I finished up with rounds of 74 and another 75.
One of the areas of noticeable improvement was in putting. I put a new Odyssey putter in play, thanks to RockBottomGolf.com, and my feel for distance and speed has gotten much better. I made some birdies over the 54 holes, saved a lot of pars, and rolled so many other good putts that scared the hole. This now gives me great confidence as I prepare for my next event at Zellwood Station, also near Orlando, November 13-15. Until then, I’ll continue to work with my coach, Nick Adcock, who’s enabled me to elevate my game so much over the past year.
I want to thank you for supporting and following me, with a special shout-out this month to Team Worldwide, which featured me in their company magazine. I was very surprised to see it, but at the same time, very appreciative of the coverage. It’s a source of additional motivation, so thank you TWW!
I hope everyone has a great fall. If you are in the north, enjoy those final rounds of golf and the beautiful foliage!
With the tournaments of recent weeks, August for me just flew by. I’m happy to say that my ball-striking and my game from tee to green has never been better. I’m hitting it further throughout the bag, while still maintaining a strong game on and around the greens.
At the Florida Open in Naples, I hit the ball solidly and had a top 20 finish with 3 rounds in the mid-70s. Then the following week at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Palm Springs, it was more of the same as my tee to green game brought me into the mid-70s once again. In those tournaments, I hit 10-12 fairways per round (out of 14) and averaged 13-14 greens in regulation. Over the 54 holes, I made nothing worse than bogey, which meant that I had no penalty strokes and wasn’t hitting the ball into trouble.
However, in both events, despite rolling many good putts, very few found the hole. Once my putting, which has always been a strength, returns to normal, the final piece of the puzzle will be in place. Then I’ll be in position to shoot par or better. It’s encouraging to know what my potential really is. Overall, I had many mental victories under the most pressure I experience all season.
The plan now is to use September as a month to elevate all aspects of my game. My tournament schedule will resume in October in Florida. By then, the goal is to be firing on all cylinders, and when that happens, I think it will be very exciting.
Thank you for your support and for following me on these updates. I hope you enjoy the rest of your golf season!
Earlier this week, I played in a National Women’s Golf Association event. I finished tied for 8th overall after shooting rounds of 74-73 at West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden. This is my best finish so far this year and put me in place to make a check!
There was so much good that came from West Orange and I’m really excited going forward. In June, I concentrated on my short game and it really helped me in the first round when I was 6 for 10 on par save opportunities. I had just 28 putts in that round. The next day I hit 16 greens in regulation which led to stress-free golf.
As good as I played at West Orange, I know it could easily have been better, and that’s what I’ll be concentrating on in the immediate future. My next event will take place at the Georgia Open outside Atlanta on July 16-17. Then my attention will turn to the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. in late August.
I’m really excited with where my game is, and where it’s heading. I have seen my scores steadily drop. Just this weekend playing a social round of golf I shot 3-under par 69. I can’t wait to see my hard work pay off over the next couple of months.
I hope you will continue to support me with a kind donation to my Go Fund Me page. Also, many people have contributed directly via mail. If you’d prefer that, you can send to me at P.O. Box 1390, Lake Placid 12946.
Thank you so much for past contributions and the great encouragement you’ve given me over this journey. I really appreciate it!
In 2 recent tournaments, I’ve come within 1 shot of making a check. At an NWGA Eggland’s Best Ladies Pro Golf Tour event in Florida, I shot 74-73 and fell just a shot from cashing in. Then last week at the Connecticut Women’s Open, my rounds of 77-76 also left me one shot from the money. The second round was highlighted by an eagle on a par 5.
This all tells me that I’m getting closer. It’s just a matter of a shot here, a putt there. I remain committed to my practice schedule and instruction, and with recent help from sponsors such as the Mirror Lake Inn, Team Worldwide and Rock Bottom Golf, I am determined to get over these small bumps in the road. I’ve never been more upbeat about where I’m going and am convinced I will continue to move up these leaderboards.
Over the next few months, I will play some events near home in Florida, the Michigan Open later in June, hopefully the Symetra Tour events in Rochester and Albany in July and the Florida Open in August. Between working, practicing and playing, it’ll be a busy season for me! Thank you for all the words of encouragement you’ve sent me. They definitely keep me going!