Dreher sets course for dream job

Dreher entered the final day of the tournament tied for 34, only six spots away from missing the cut, set at 40 and higher. Despite an up-and-down tournament, during which at one point she was tied for 15, Dreher felt alright with her position entering the final day.
 

"I find I play better when I have to come back and I was confident I would play well on the final day, the way I was hitting the ball." Dreher says her final round was "mediocre" but nonetheless, she was obviously quite pleased with her final results.

Entering that final round, Dreher says she felt good, was hitting the ball well, and started to feel confident with her putter. She said she felt she didn't make too many mistakes on her final round.

When talking about significant shots she made throughout the tournament, she remembers a particularly tough par three near the conclusion of her final round that she entered at even on the score card. After putting her ball in the bunker off the tee, she was left with what she described as a "tough" bunker shot. Needing to par the hole, Dreher hit the ball out of the sand, putting her Titleist Pro V1 within ten feet of the cup, and draining the ten-footer to save par.

"I thought to myself after making that put that it might have been the turning point to keep my round together."

She also talked about birdying the final hole of the tournament, a long par five, when she made an important chip shot on her third shot, putting the ball inches from the pin to tap in for a birdie.  

Upon completing the tournament tied for 34, Dreher earned herself a Category 20 Membership to the LPGA. With that status, she is eligible to play on the LPGA, as well as the Futures tour. Dreher says that next year will be a busy one for her, as she plans on having a full schedule, playing in as many tournaments as possible.

One important aspect that she attributed to her success was her caddy and brother, Shelby Dreher. Her brother served as her caddy throughout the entire Q-School tournament, and says his positive attitude kept her calm during important shots and "was a big part of(her) mental game".

She also talked about how the presence of her family was important throughout the days, as they provided a positive distraction when she was not on the course, preventing Dreher from getting into her own head while sitting at home alone and reflecting on the day.

After completing the five day tournament, Dreher claims that this year's Q-School was a "roller coaster of emotions", and the most stressful tournament she has ever played in, which on some occasions, limited her hours of sleep. Regardless, she feels the tournament was very beneficial going into the LPGA season.  

The local golfer also talked about the emotions that came with qualifying. Dreher said it took a while for the fact that she made the LPGA to finally sink in, but it eventually clicked that she had achieved a dream she set when she was eight years old.  She also talked about how this brings her one step closer to her life-long goal.

"It's a great step in the direction towards my main goal in life, which is to be the greatest female golfer in the world. This brings me one step closer."

She says it was also an incredible experience to receive support for her achievement from all her friends, family and fellow golfers.

Dreher will now take a month away from the course, returning to Penticton to spend the holidays with her family and friends. She will then head back to the United States, and begin preparation for next year.

When asked what she feels she needs to work on entering this season, Dreher says she will focus a lot on her short game. She feels she is hitting the ball very well, thanks to a few tips her brother gave her, and needs to continue to make clutch puts, something she said her game was lacking in the past.

Next year will be an exciting time in Dreher's life: it will be her first time on the LPGA tour, something she believes will keep her quite busy. She will constantly be travelling, most likely training at an exceptionally hard rate, and most importantly, she will be living her dream.  

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