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Suffolk Native Tees off at Kingsmill
Suffolk Native Tees off at Kingsmill
Ready to play with her family in the stands

Updated: Thursday, 02 May 2013, 12:08 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 02 May 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

Williamsburg, VA (WAVY) - If you're looking for someone to root for at this week's Kingsmill Championship, look no further than Lauren Doughtie. A Nansemond Suffolk Academy graduate, Doughtie is the only local who will play in the event.

After graduating high school, Doughtie played ACC golf for North Carolina State University. She'll swing away with some of the best players in the world starting Thursday morning in Williamsburg, less than an hour from where she played her high school golf.

She had to wait her turn before she could tee it up with the best in the world.

"It's been a little bit of a rough road, but it's been well worth it when you get there," said Doughtie before her Pro-Am round on Wednesday, "Obviously it took three years, so there were some ups and downs. I came close a few times and didn't quite take the opportunity until this past winter."

Doughtie earned her tour card in late December of 2012, and will play in front of her family for the first time as a professional on the LPGA circuit. "You try your best not to add any extra pressure with it being so close to home," said Doughtie, "It's a different feel, but it's a good feel.

"This time I just walk off and I'll get to see my parents and my coach and everything."

Her best finish in 2013 is a 43rd place finish at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz. Though she never rules out the possibility of hoisting a trophy as a rookie, she's also keeping a realistic perspective. 

"I don't want to tee it up if I think I don't have a chance, but I'm realistic with my goals," she said, "I would love for it to happen here, but I'm just looking to have a solid week."

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