Nanette Hill wasn’t allowing herself to get caught up in the moment.
She was confident going into the LPGA Sectional Qualifier last week at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and calmly took another step toward realizing a dream of becoming a touring professional. Hill, a Pelham resident, carded a 74 on Sunday, and finished at even par 288. Not a bad week with so much on the line. She wound up tied for 20th and is moving on to final qualifying Dec. 2-6 in Daytona, Fla. at LPGA International.
“It’s actually not that hard,” Hill said of her adjustment to the life of a professional. “I got a glimpse of it at the U.S. Open. Nobody really cares how you play here. In college, you were playing to impress your teammates, your coaches. There were different pressures. Now that I’m just playing for myself, it’s almost easier. It’s definitely cut throat. You’re playing for money, so it’s every man for himself, but I kind of like that.”
Hill isn’t the only local attempting to secure a card for next year.
Trump National member Andrew Giuliani got through pre-qualifying for PGA Tour Q School, posting a 2-under 286 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla. He finished in a tie for 32nd. Giuliani, who is the reigning Met Open champion, will play in the first stage next month.
Andrew Svoboda of Larchmont and Michael Quagliano of White Plains did not have to pre-qualify, and will also be playing in the first stage next month. Svoboda finished up for the season at Old Oaks last weekend and will be playing on the Hooters Tour for a couple of weeks before setting up for the winter in Orlando, Fla. Quagliano is playing a couple of eGolf Tour events to get ready and finished in a tie for 10th at the Walnut Creek Open in Kinston, N.C.