All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for me, today was that day. Still though, I wanted to make the best of it, so after checking out of the hotel, I stopped at Target to get an HDMI/USB cable so I don’t have to wait hours to upload my photos and videos via wifi. I should’ve just done that earlier in the week, because, as it turns out, they post in a good 10-20 seconds upon use of said cord. Would have saved me a lot of headaches.

Live and learn.

Now that I had that figured out, I was able to quickly post Friday’s stuff and upon looking at the leaderboard for the first time, noticed a familiar name rising to the top: Cheyenne Woods. I only had a couple of hours before I had to head back to Toronto, so her playing this well in the morning wave worked out quite well in my favour.

I quickly put my non-essentials down and rushed over to the 18th hole just in time to see Cheyenne, currently at 6-under for the day and the tournament (tied for low-round of the week) hitting her third shot into the par-5.

Maybe not what she had in mind, but a two-putt par nonetheless and a third round 66 vaulted her inside the top-20 heading into Sunday.

Cheyenne was kind enough to speak with the media after her round, but also signed a number of autographs and took at least a dozen pictures with fans before and after the scrum. That’s the LPGA difference.

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I can’t resist a Tiger question when I have the chance.

Hungry and a little sweaty, I made my way back to the media centre and couldn’t have been happier when I heard lunch today was burgers, potato salad, regular salad, and cookies; all stuff I love. I filled up a plate, but just one bite in I realized that Canadian Brittany Marchand was two minutes away from teeing off. Lunch would have to wait.

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In my haste to the first tee, I missed Brittany’s opening tee-shot, which, incidentally, was a bomb right down the middle, but I followed her the rest of her opening hole.

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Solid opening par. Brit wouldn’t have the best day in the end, shooting an even par-72, but she is still within reach of a top-ten finish with a solid Sunday round.

After seeing her finish up that par, I scooted back to the media centre to finish up my burger and potato salad. They were delightful.

Knowing I had a bit of time to kill before the next big thing, I went over to the merchandise tent to check out what they had, and left with a golf towel. The only reason this was of note, is that just as I was leaving, the horn sounded to signify a suspension in play due to lightning in the area. That was at 1:34. Play wouldn’t resume until 3:45.

I waited until about 2:15 before we got our first update that it wouldn’t be until at least 3:00 until play resumed, so I knew this way my time to call it a week and hit the road. Time to get back to reality.

All in all, just an amazing week. From the tournament organizers, to the volunteers, to the LPGA employees, the golfers, just everyone involved, everything surpassed any expectations I had coming into the week. The resounding feeling I had when leaving, aside from some sadness, was that I’d discovered something I really want to do again. So I’ll be back! Hopefully the tournament gets renewed and the LPGA is back at Travis Pointe Country Club next year, but either way, the tour hasn’t seen the last of me!

As for the third round leaderboard, by the end of the day it looked like this:

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That’s all, folks! Thanks for reading and following along all week, it was a blast and I can’t wait to do it again; LPGA or PGA. I think my next even will be the RBC Canadian Open at the end of July, but hopefully I can squeeze one in between now and then. Stay tuned!

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