On Tuesday, Rachel Heck awakened from a nap to a textual content from five-time LPGA Tour winner and main champion Michelle Wie West. “Yay! See you Thursday.” Confused, Heck instantly checked the groupings for spherical one of many LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship. There she was, listed beside Wie West and Northern California native Mina Harigae. Heck was ecstatic.
“For those who advised me just a few years in the past that I’d be taking part in with Michelle Wie West at an LPGA occasion and I might work out that I am paired along with her from a textual content from her, I’d not have believed you. It is loopy. I am so excited,” stated Heck, who initially met Wie West by their school connection, Stanford College.
Heck is a sponsor invite for the occasion, her first begin in an LPGA Tour occasion that’s not a serious championship. She comes off a T35 end on the U.S. Girls’s Open, her fourth look in a serious since 2017. This week caps off an unimaginable run of golf for Heck, who received her final six school tournaments, which included victories on the NCAA Championships and a 36-hole qualifier to get into final week’s USWO. She’s met her idols – getting an image with Lydia Ko after taking part in collectively within the remaining spherical at The Olympic Membership, and “fangirling” over her interactions with Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda. Off the course, she’s per week faraway from her freshman yr of school, ending her remaining paper whereas making the lower on the U.S. Girls’s Open.
Heck now turns her consideration to Lake Merced Golf Membership, the place she’s by no means performed earlier than. Although a bit drained from what appears like an infinite quantity of golf (her dad counted 13 tournaments since February), she’s prepared to shut out a profitable couple of weeks with one other world-class expertise on the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship.
“I strive to not put expectations or stress on myself. It is undoubtedly cool to make the lower final week and be enjoyable to try this once more, however I believe it will be loopy to enter this week with expectations that if I miss the lower then it is a disappointing week,” stated Heck. “I am nonetheless a sponsor exemption and I will take pleasure in it, actually soak all of it in and revel in taking part in with the professionals and simply studying as a lot as I can, most significantly.”