Amanda Takes a Break From The LPGA
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/30/13

...and this is why.

LPGA Tour player Amanda Blumenherst, the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, is leaving the Tour.

For now, anyway.
"I don't want to say I'm retiring, because you never know what will happen. Maybe I'll decide in a couple years to come back, and this will just be a little break, you never know.

"I started noticing that my heart was no longer in it. I was just going through the motions in practice. I want to be with Nate."
"Nate," in this case, is Nate Freiman, first baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. Blumenherst and Freiman met when they were freshmen at Duke University and married last December 29. Back in 2009, Freiman and Blumenherst were Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Over the last eight months, both of their schedules kept them apart — and that got to be too much for Blumenherst.
"The LPGA is an amazing place. I love being a part of the tour, and I love the people. It’s not that I've lost my love for golf, but with this new chapter in my life, I want to be a part of that. I want to be with Nate, and, hopefully, down the road, I want us to have a family. I wouldn't want to split my time away from family, our children."
Blumenherst has qualified for the CME Titleholders in November, which is after the MLB season concludes. Freiman is likely to be on the bag at that time; although it is not as comfortable for him as baseball. Last October, Freiman gave an interview to MLB's web site, during which he commented:
"I'm probably more nervous than she is. I don't choose the clubs, but I have to give her the yardage. I'm adding up all of the numbers and I better be right. It's nerve-wracking, but a lot of fun.

"And she says I'm pretty good at it."
Blumenherst's professional career has not been quite as stellar as her amateur career, which may have helped tilt her decision-making. Whether she gives up professional golf permanently is anybody's guess. Although she won two stages of the LPGA's Q-School, she has not yet won on tour.

But given her solid amateur career and some time away, if and when Blumenherst does come back, this writer predicts more success later than before.

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Kurt the Knife says:
look like nice kids.
have fun ya'll
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