This week Kaleigh Telfer will be one of six players who return to the state where they played collegiate golf. She’s one of two who will be near her alma mater, Auburn University.
“I know there’s going to be a couple of people coming out to watch, so it feels like home again,” said Telfer. “After lots of traveling after graduating college, it just feels good to be back somewhere I’m familiar with.”
Telfer used the proximity to her advantage last week, getting a few practice rounds at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail under her belt. She will continue to take advantage of the location during the tournament.
“I think it’s going to help me in the long run,” said Telfer. “This course needs a couple of practice rounds. And just being able to stay at home is always nice.”
The rookie will commute from her apartment this week, adding about an hour drive each way to her day. Although the commute is long, Telfer gets to stay in her home, sleep in her own bed and cook her own meals. Instead of thinking about the lengthy drive, Telfer uses it to free her mind from the golf course.
“I probably won’t even think about golf in the car,” said Telfer. “When I get here is when my preparation starts.”
In addition to physically being at home, Telfer will feel mentally at home as her boyfriend takes on caddie duties. Her boyfriend serves in the military and hasn’t been able to attend any of her professional events yet. Telfer is throwing him right into the fire, giving him a job instead of a spectator pass.
“It’s the first time, so we’ll see if he passes the test,” laughed Telfer. “It will be nice [to have him on the bag]. I always enjoy having someone to talk to, whether they know golf or not. I think it will be fun.”