Advice From LPGA Champions

Continued from Golf + Travel = Passion… Below 21-year old Alison Lee candidly shares how difficult it is to eat healthy and stay fit while on the road. She was ranked number 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 16 weeks in 2013–14. She is also named the “most beautiful women in golf” by Golf.com.

OCALA, FL - FEBRUARY 03: Alison Lee of the United States plays a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club on February 3, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
OCALA, FL – FEBRUARY 03: Alison Lee of the United States plays a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club on February 3, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

What do you enjoy most about travel?

At first it was hard to adjust to being away from home and friends, but it is fun to see new places and cities that I have never been to before. I love trying different types of food and doing activities off the golf course. For example, when we had our tournament in Vancouver, my Dad and I went to Stanley Park and rented a bicycle and circled all along the park by the water which was so beautiful. When my mom and I were in Hawaii last year, we went on hikes and went to a couple different beaches and tourist areas.

Do you get enough time to go out and explore the local culture? 

It really depends on the week and where we are playing. Last year, I was able to explore cities and do fun and interesting things if I had missed the cut. Otherwise, I try and practice a little on Monday mornings and have the rest of the afternoon to explore. If I can’t really go sightseeing then the first priority is to try a good restaurant in the area. I either ask around to get local advice on popular spots or use Yelp.

What have been some of your most insightful moments of 2015? 

I don’t think I had any one moment in particular that stood out to me, but overall it was the experience of being on Tour as a rookie in 2015. Everything was new and different and took time to adjust to. The golf, the players, being in the spotlight; it was very overwhelming and not as glam as a lot of people may think it is. It was very difficult and was a grind for sure, but it also made me appreciate the game of golf more.

When you are on Tour, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?

It was very hard for me to remain healthy. Since I was traveling and playing more golf than I ever had, it was difficult to keep track of what I was eating and make time to work out after long days on the course. It is definitely something I have to work on for 2016.

What do you like most about golf?

Definitely the competition. I can get very competitive and set high goals for myself, and that is why I love the game. You can never practice enough and you can never be too good. There is so much that can be done to get to the next level and there is always room for improvement.

Besides golf, what are your other passions?

I have a lot of other passions that make me happy. I love everything UCLA, food, cupcakes, shopping, and just having a good time with friends. I feel like it’s so important to have other hobbies and joys outside of golf to help relieve stress.

Do you play for any charities? 

I do not play for any in particular. I do have a passion for helping out foster children and hope to do something on a larger scale for them sometime in the near future. My mother works for DCFS and tells me the stories of a lot of kids and what they are going through just in the Los Angeles system. It really breaks my heart to see that people can forget or overlook this group.

Read other interviews with Brooke Henderson and Ryann O’Toole.

If you are inspired to play golf around the world, join Go Eat Give’s 3rd annual charity golf fundraiser on November 7, 2016 at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia.

Ladies Who Golf

Imagine a life where you earned a living playing golf at exotic locations around the world! Well, these ladies have done it. They have taken their professional golf skills to play in 32 tournaments across 13 countries, through LPGA.

Want to know more about their lifestyle? Below are interviews from Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson, LPGA vet Ryann O’Toole, and rising star Alison Lee.

At age 18, Brooke Henderson has won numerous amateur tournaments and was the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world before turning professional in December 2014.

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 16: Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the trophy after her 21 strokes under par victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 16: Brooke Henderson of Canada poses with the trophy after her 21 strokes under par victory during the final round of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club on August 16, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Which countries did you play in during the past year (2015)?

I played in France, Scotland, Bahamas, Canada and the United States.

What do you enjoy most about travel?

I love being able to go around the world and experience different cultures, landscapes, food and everything! It’s amazing getting to see new places and meet new people.

Do you get enough time to go out and explore the local culture? 

I definitely try to as much as I can. It’s pretty busy traveling and also playing every week, but I try to go see unique things or landmarks in each city. For example when we played in San Francisco, we went to see the Golden Gate Bridge.

What have been some of your most insightful moments of 2015? 

Winning the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic was definitely the highlight of my season. On top of that, two top-five finishes at Major championship tournaments. Winning an LPGA Tour event is a dream I’ve had since I was a little girl and to do so at my age was more than I could have even hoped for.

When you are on Tour, how do you maintain a healthy lifestyle?

The LPGA takes pretty good care of everyone. They offer a fitness trailer with plenty of equipment that we can all use whenever we’d like.

What do you like most about golf?

I like how age or gender does not affect the success of a player. I started playing when I was three and my great grandmother played into her 90s. I also like all the values it teaches you – honesty, integrity, perseverance.

Besides golf, what are your other passions?

Outside of golf, I always like to do a little bit of reading and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends whenever I can. I also enjoy watching hockey. The Ottawa Senators are my favorite team, so I try to watch them whenever I can!

Do you play for any charities? If so which ones, and why?

We started our own charity tournament last summer in my hometown, which we raised money for developmentally disabled people. As a result, we were able to donate money to a variety of people, like a guy who broke his neck and is still working on being able to walk again. We’re also working on getting a foundation set up called the Team Henderson Foundation.

Click here to part 2 of this interview.

If you are inspired to play golf around the world, join Go Eat Give’s 3rd annual charity golf fundraiser on November 7, 2016 at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia.