LANE | Area golfers Gahm, Restrepo finding their way on Symetra Tour
The young ladies on the Symetra Tour seem to like the life. But they don't want to stay there too long. They are all trying to move up a step to the LPGA Tour. One hundred and forty-four of them teed it up this week at the Donald Ross Classic in French Lick, Indiana.
Laura Restrepo is playing her first full year on the Symetra Tour. The U of L graduate has a plan in mind to move on to the big tour.
"I told myself after college that I would give myself 3-to-5 years before I reconsidered because it's easy to think that it's gonna happen right away." said Restrepo. "But in golf it takes a lot of time, a lot of experience so if you're not gonna play at least three years you're not giving yourself a good opportunity to learn and get better so I hope to be in the LPGA in the next three years.
Restrepo is originally from Panama so getting home during the season is not really an option. She just took a week off after ten straight weeks on the road and spent it in her adopted home of Louisville.
Lyndsay Gahm is from Louisville so this week is kind of a home game for her. The two-time Kentucky Open champ and state high school champion at Sacred Heart Academy is in her third year on the Symetra Tour, but missed all of last season after wrist surgery.
"It was tough not knowing when I would be able to play again and if I was even going to be able to but luckily it all worked out," said Gahm. I'm so happy to be back out here this year. I feel very refreshed."
Play began Thursday at the challenging Donald Ross course at French Lick. The top sixty and ties move on to Saturday's third and final round. Gahm made the cut on the line at plus one, nine behind the leader. Restrepo missed the cut by a shot after a pair of 72's.
Both will continue on with the second half of the Tour season, hoping to keep learning and trying to work their way into the top ten on the season money list to get an automatic bump to the LPGA tour for next season.