The "desert triangle" of American golf is formed by California, Las Vegas and Phoenix. And Candra Sumedhatip knows all three well. She was born in California but now calls Las Vegas home, and spends plenty of time training and practicing in Phoenix, too.
The Phoenix/Scottsdale area is a great place for young golfers to work on their games, for all the courses and all the great instructors there. But also, in the case of women golfers, because it's the home of the Cactus Tour.
And the Cactus Tour is one of the places you could have found Sumedhatip in 2014.
"2014 was a promising season," Candra told Golf Babes. She was "in the money in 7 of 8 events on the Cactus Tour."
One those included her best showing of the 2014 season, a runner-up finish in her hometown Las Vegas tournament. Candra also competed in multiple state opens over the course of the year.
That's a schedule that she'll probably follow again in 2015 as she works toward lower scores and bigger paychecks.
"I see a stronger swing and stronger body" in 2015, Sumedhatip said. In addition to Cactus Tour stops and state opens, Candra plans to enter Monday qualifiers in the coming year as she works her way back to LPGA Q-School.
At Q-School this year, Candra went out in the first round - a disappointing finish, but one in which she finds the promise of a better showing next time.
"Q-School first stage in Palm Springs was a bit of a disappointment, missing the cut by three shots," she said. "Although on paper it didn’t seem impressive, it was the best I have ever struck the ball. Just have to work on making more of those putts drop!"
Candra has a leg up on 2015 by virtue of signing on three sponsors for the year. That's a very big deal for golfers working toward Q-School, especially in women's golf where the paychecks are so much smaller. Super Shuttle, ZTrip and ExecuCar will be supporting Candra in 2015.