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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Huntsville's Janie Jackson is all business on
the golf course. Come Thursday, the Alabama junior will tee it up on the nation's
biggest stage – the US Open.
Jackson's journey to her first major was
anything but easy, thanks to a freak Colorado snowstorm in April.
"I showed up at this course I have never seen
before in my life, played 36 holes with my mom on the bag – who doesn't know a
thing about golf – teed off blind as a bat, and 10 hours later, we were in the
Open," Jackson said.
Teeing off on the LPGA tour is not a new
experience for Jackson. As an amateur, she has already played in two events,
both in her home state. The US Open, on historic Pinehurst – one of the best
pro courses in the country – could fill other players with nervousness.
"I try not to think too much about, ‘Oh, this
is the biggest tournament I have ever played in my life,'" Jackson said. "I
just going to go out there, learn the course, and figure out my plan and hit
Jackson's first swings on the US Open course
came Monday in her practice round.
"I know the step up is going to be tough,"
she said before that practice round. "I also know that I have just as good a
chance to have a good week as anybody else."
Thursday, with the ball sitting on the tee
shining in the morning sun, Jackson's dream of playing in her first major comes