Practice. Practice. Practice.
Typically not one of her favorite activities, professional golfer Brittany Lincicome is working overtime trying to improve her short game as the month of June approaches on the LPGA Tour.
Because waiting in the wings are a pair of majors. First with the Wegmans LPGA Championship beginning Thursday at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y., then with the U.S. Women's Open in Southampton, N.Y. on June 27-30.
Contending and/or winning in these events can ease any frustrations Lincicome has experienced during the first half of the season. Currently, she ranks 54th on the money list with $68,966.
"This season has been frustrating, and hopefully it turns around soon," Lincicome said. "I feel like when I am hitting it well, I am not putting well. Or when I am not hitting well, I do putt well.
"I'm practicing on some things right now and I'm hoping it comes around eventually."
Lincicome has local ties to the Mid-Ohio Valley. Her father, Tom, graduated from Parkersburg High School, and her mother, Angie, was raised in Point Pleasant. Regardless of what transpires in June, she will make her annual guest appearance at the Sour Mash Memorial scheduled for Monday, July 8 at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna.
"I feel so blessed that I get to do that," Lincicome said. "Obviously, I love it. Plus I get to see all my family."
Lincicome just returned from a tournament in the Bahamas. Her first visit to the island was memorable, but her performance on the course wasn't quite so desirable after she missed the cut.
"Obviously, it was still fun to get to travel and see a new place," said Lincicome, now in her ninth year as an LPGA professional. "The water was a different color blue. It was so clear. You could see the bottom and see all the fish swimming around.
"Still, the tour is a grind and it's work. It's not about let's go and hang by the pool. You still have a job to do."
This week, Lincicome took a break from the LPGA Tour, and devoted her time to practicing with a close friend and refining her game.
"I just wasn't comfortable with how I was playing, so I wanted to work on a few things," Lincicome said. "I also wanted to get things in order so that I would feel fresh going into a major."
Lincicome doesn't exactly know Locust Hill Country Club like the back of her hand, but she has plenty of experience playing the course.
"I've been hitting the ball well and driving well, but not getting up and down on those 10 and 20 footers every now and then whereas the top players are," Lincicome said. "I've got some new tools in my bag and hopefully that will work."
The Sour Mash Memorial is presented by the Wood County and Parkersburg rotary clubs. The event features a clinic and an 18-hole exhibition round by Lincicome.
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