On March 21, 2013, the Tee To Table team played in the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic ProAm.
Nicole Vandermade, a first year tour professional, was picked to play with Tee To Table team.
Nicole displayed a great deal of patience while playing with us “out of season golfers” that day and did a great job in carrying us through a majority of the day.
The 2013 season is Nicole’s first full season the Symetra Tour after graduating from the University of Texas in 2012 with a degree in Kinesiology.
As a former Texas Longhorn golfer, one of my first questions was if she knew Jordan Spieth, another Texas Longhorn golfer making his way in the PGA this year.
Nicole had some great things to say about Jordan and wished him well in the PGA.
Nicole spends her time in the Orlando area throughout the year and finds time to visit home in Canada when she can.
She has found that the Orlando area is the place to train and spend time with Sean Foley working on her game when she can.
After getting to know Nicole throughout the day, I believe she will be one to watch throughout the season and in the future.
Some interesting statistics:
- Winner of four events on the amateur circuit.
- Competed twice in the LPGA CN Canadian Women’s Open (2009, 2011).
- Competed in the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
- Competed in three British Amateur Championships (2009-2011).
- Recorded seven top-10 finishes in collegiate play while at the University of Texas.
- Finished tied for 10th at the 2009 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship.
- Named to the 2009 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship All-Tournament Team.
- Winner of the 2011 Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.
Florida’s Natural Charity Classic: 13T
VistaMesa.com Gateway Classic: 30T
Current Ranking Money List: 21
Tee Time with Nicole:
Deanna: Describe what it was like playing college golf and how has it prepared you for today?
Nicole: Playing college golf was an absolute blast. I would not trade the experiences, friendships, and lessons learned during that time for anything in the world. Coming from a small town in Canada, living in a big city Austin, TX was quite a change for me.
I was introduced to Mexican food (which is now a staple in my diet- don’t know how I lived without it) and also had to learn how to minimize my road rage during rush hour traffic (I used to think heavy traffic was when it took an extra 5 minutes to get across town).
I grew up playing several different team sports, so playing team golf in college was a very natural feeling for me.
I had a great time with all of my team mates and have so many great memories.
Winning with Big 12 championship my junior year was probably the biggest highlight. However, being a collegiate athlete is about so much more than just playing your sport. It is about time management, self-growth, learning how to deal with people, how to keep yourself healthy, among other things.
The skills I learned while in college have really helped me since I turned pro.