The First Tee Course Reporter, Sophia Luciani

First Tee1Hi my name is Sophia Luciani, I am a Junior Course Reporter for The First Tee of West Michigan. As a Junior Course Reporter I was able to witness the behind the scenes action of the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic.

Monday didn’t consist of actual tournament play, but I was able to see some of the players practicing with their coaches one on one. I watched Belén Mozo and many others on the putting green and Christina Kim playing the course before the tournament. Many other players were playing the course in a qualifying round.

Tuesday there was a lot more action on the course. I interviewed many players asking them the same question, “ What part of your game are you most confident in for the upcoming tournament?” The answers were very similar in that most players answered putting, few said their strongest part was hitting off the tee. I was able to talk to many players, but the one that had the biggest impact on me was Paula Reto. Paula Reto, like me, didn’t start playing golf until her mid teens, but she was able to take that as an opportunity to become an amazing golfer and eventually play in the LPGA. Tuesday they also had a press conference with previous winner of the Meijer Classic, Mirim Lee. Mirim was asked many questions on how it felt to be back in Michigan after her win last year. She answered all her questions excellently explaining that she hopes she will have the chance to win again.

Wednesday, like Tuesday, was full of interviews and press conferences. Talking on Wednesday was Liz Nagel, Inbee Park, and Morgan Pressel. Liz Nagel previously played golf at Michigan State University and was super excited to play in her home state. She talked about how she'd played near here but never at Blythefield. Nagel says she is thrilled to be here and have a large crowd of friends and family cheering for her. Inbee Park was happy to be back in Michigan and excited to be able to play on this course again. " I really love the golf course here and I think it really suits my game," Park states," I had a great result here last year even though I lost the playoff." Morgan Pressel, like Nagel had a connection to Michigan. She was not born in Michigan but most of her summers were spent here. Pressel is excited about playing in Michigan where she grew up and learned the game of golf.

Being a Junior Course Reporter was a great opportunity and I am very fortunate to be involved. I am looking forward to seeing the tournament and cheering on the players.