Today is the day! The accepted entries have been posted for the Doral Publix event. Congratulations to those who will be playing in this prestigious tournament!
I remember year after year awaiting the acceptance letter for my entry into this significant tournament. I competed in this event over 10 times with my first appearance when I was six years old.
The Doral Publix tournament draws golf coaches from all over the country to see top talent compete and showcase their skills. This made the event extremely competitive and gave me the desire to perform on a high level. The most helpful for my path to a collegiate golf career was in high school with a top ten finish in the girls 16 – 18 division. My most memorable was when my dad was my caddy at seven years old playing Doral’s Executive Green course.
I am originally from Miami, FL so I had played the green course many times. Even though I was young, my dad and I had constructed a game plan for my upcoming opportunity to defend my title as the 7 and under champion. I had won the year previously; I was six years old and posted rounds of 54-54 for a 108 total. The following year my goal was to break 100 and of course, keep my title.
Not only was I able to reach my goal of breaking 100 but, I was able to take home the trophy with rounds of 37-38 for a 76 win!
Playing in the Doral Publix year after year, gave me the experience of playing on a national stage even at a very young age. I was able to showcase my skills in front of the coaches watching the event and interact with players from all over the world.
Until next time, fairways and greens, Geaux Tigers!!
Rebecca Butler, formerly Kuhn