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At a glance
Amanda Blumenherst’s LPGA season
Tournaments: 11
Top 15 finishes: 1
Top 50 finishes: 1
Top-75 finishes: 2
Cuts made: 4
Prize money: $39,722
Rolex Women’s Golf World Ranking: 235
Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
LPGA Tour professional Amanda Blumenherst hits a shot during a clinic Friday for Lifetime Sports Academy golfers at McMillen Golf Course.

LPGA pro sees better days ahead

Struggling Blumenherst shares tips at McMillen Park clinic

Blumenherst answers questions from Lifetime Sports Academy golfers during a clinic Friday at McMillen Park Golf Course.

– Amanda Blumenherst’s memories of this city run deep.

The former Fort Wayne resident, now an LPGA Tour golfer, remembers winning the 8-and-under crown at McMillen Park Golf Course and being extremely excited to have that trophy.

Though she didn’t spend all of her childhood in the area, Fort Wayne feels like home. And her homecoming at McMillen Park on Friday for a free golf clinic was a special occasion for Blumenherst.

“I absolutely love coming back every year,” she said. “I’ve started to see the same faces over and over again.”

This time around, she wasn’t the kid with professional golf dreams. She was the one giving tips, letting kids see her clubs and fielding pleas from some to hold her bag.

“It’s so great seeing little 8-year-olds, or seeing 15-year-olds, or 5-year-olds running around and seeing that they have an interest in the game,” she said. “Just seeing how excited they get to be around golf is thrilling.”

Her return to Fort Wayne felt much the same. But the professional circuit this year has been less magnificent.

Blumenherst has missed the cut in seven of her 11 tournament appearances this season. This year, she hasn’t added to her six professional top-10 finishes.

It has been disappointing, Blumenherst said, but she can see progress in her game.

“I had higher expectations for myself,” she said. “There’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. I see it coming, getting pieced together. So hopefully I can put a good end of the season together.”

Blumenherst finished tied for 13th – her best finish this season – at the ShopRite LPGA Classic on May 31 through June 2 in Galloway, N.J.

In her most recent tournament, the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on June 21 through 23 in Rogers, Ark., Blumenherst finished tied for 70th and took home money for the fourth time this season.

Hitting the fairways has been Blumenherst’s biggest problem, she said, but she has worked to improve her driving and seen the benefits lately.

“I just have not been hitting it very straight off the tee, and it’s hard to make birdies from behind a tree,” she said. “Just being more confident with my swing, being more confident off the first tee has been something I’ve had to work on this year.”

Next year, she hopes, she will return to Fort Wayne with more to celebrate than a trip home.

The 26-year-old Duke graduate, three years into her pro career, is searching for her first LPGA title.

“It’s been a little bit more of an adjustment than I thought,” she said. “It’s been a little bit more difficult. My game’s coming together right now. I’ve had some good rounds this year.”

smorrison@jg.net

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