Rookie Blogs: Kendall Dye reports from Prague

Kendall Dye from the USA talks us through the last four weeks in Germany, Holland, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Enjoying time off in Ascona, Switzerland

Kendall wrote:

Myself, Esther Choe, Alison Whitaker, Dawn Shockley, and Stephanie Na shopping in Rotterdam

Hey everyone! My name is Kendall Dye and I am a rookie on the LET. I am from Edmond, Oklahoma but live in Phoenix, Arizona now. This is my third season as a professional golfer. I've spent my time playing in the States on the LPGA Futures Tour but I decided to change things up this year and give myself more playing opportunities. I had never been out of the country until this year. Since January I have been to Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, and Czech Republic. I could be missing a country or two...


I am currently in Prague preparing for my last of five consecutive tournaments. I've experienced so much in the past five weeks that I could write a novel but I'll spare you all and give you guys just a brief run down of some cool things that I've experienced.  


Germany was unreal. The golf course was in fantastic shape and thousands came out to watch. I didn't play my best but I did get to test drive a €220,000 Audi R8. That doesn't happen every day.


Test driving in Munich

I met some great people in my second week in the Netherlands. I played decent and got eaten alive from the midges on the golf course. I experienced Amsterdam and the Red Light District at the end of the week...enough said.  


Slovakia was a struggle for me in the third week.  I was sick with the flu and almost withdrew for the first time in my life from the tournament. I was extremely miserable health wise so not many positives came from that week. I survived but I'm pretty sure the entire Tour knew I was the sick girl that week.


One of the main reasons why I wanted to come over to Europe for the summer was because of our fourth week in Switzerland. If I had stayed back in the States I would have had to play in Decatur, Illinois. Switzerland? Illinois? Switzerland? Illinois? It was an extremely easy decision and the town of Ascona exceeded my expectations. Such a beautiful, neat town with friendly people who didn't care to speak much English. I was a happy girl because I was finally around food that looked appetizing to me. Golf went well and I kept thinking how blessed I was to be able to play golf in Switzerland!  


Finally, I am in my fifth week in Prague, Czech Republic. This city is unreal. The buildings, river, castle, bridges make me feel that I'm in a dream. I can't believe I get to be in such a neat place and play professional golf on top of that. I don't know too many 25 year olds who get to live such a blessed life. I knew this trip was going to be a long one yet one that would fly by at the same time.  I miss home like crazy but I wanted to cherish each day that I was over here and not take a day for granted.  I've met some fantastic people and seen some amazing parts of the world.  The LET is a great tour.  I feel like a professional. I'm treated with respect.  People learn your name quickly and care about you. I'm so thankful that I decided to play on the LET this summer. I've gained experiences that are priceless and I've learned a lot about myself as a person and a player.  Playing five weeks in a row is a grind but I am coming back to the US with so much more than when I left over a month ago. I'm not sure what my future is going to hold but this was a trip of a lifetime and one I'll never forget.  

Hannah Jun, myself, and Jennie Lee in Munich


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Published: 21/06/2012

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