SymetraTour.com recently caught up with rookie Theresa Koelbaek for a quick Q&A about her rookie season.
Use one word to describe your rookie year?
What did you learn about yourself and your game this year?
I learned a lot about how I deal with playing on my own and for the first time really being my own boss. It was stressful at times, but I really overcame a lot of things that I was nervous about before the season started. I didn’t quite know what to expect of my rookie year but I proved for myself that I am where I need to be, playing professional golf. I also learned that while I have a lot to improve in my game, I really am not far off from where I need to be.
Did you set goals and if so did you accomplish them?
Being my first year I had no clue what to expect and how I would do so I did not set many goals for myself. I just wanted to get the full experience and hopefully grow from it, which I did.
What was your favorite part about this year as a rookie?
To find out that I really love what I am doing was probably the best thing about this year. I have loved playing for a long time but didn’t know how professional golf would be, so to be out there on the Symetra Tour and having a great time was very liberating and confirming for me. For me it was also great to prove to myself that I have the capability of competing on a professional level.
What did you learn about the Symetra Tour that you didn’t know prior?
I didn’t know a lot about the Symetra Tour before playing so I have nothing to compare it with, but overall I think it is a great tour. It provides a lot of opportunities to learn and improve, the staff is great, and the tournaments are run really well. It was a great experience playing on the Symetra Tour and I wouldn’t want to have been without it.
Do you have any funny rookie mistakes you want to share?
I don’t remembering doing too many major rookie mistakes, but I have had a couple volunteer caddies that definitely were rookies. One lost track of time and almost didn’t show up on the first tee on time.
What piece of advice would you give to next year’s rookie class?
Try not to compare yourself to others too much. Trust that what you are doing and your method is good enough, it brought you to the Symetra Tour after all. It is easy to get a little intimidated when you get out there and think that you need to change a lot of things to be good enough, but trusting that your method will get you where you want to be, is very important I think.
What are some travel tips now that you are a seasoned traveler?
Audio books are great! In the beginning of the year I expected to be flying a lot but quickly learned that is not the most economical way to go. That meant some long trips in the car and audio books are great for making the drives seem just a little shorter.
How will you spend your off-season?
I am headed to Florida for the final stage right after Thanksgiving and from there I am going back home to Denmark to see my family and friends at home for two weeks. In January I have a gathering with the Danish National team where I will be practice all day for ten days straight, followed by a week-long pro-am in the Dominican Republic in February. To stay in tournament shape I will probably also be playing in some Cactus Tour events in February and March, and before you know it the season will start up again!