Once the celebration finished in San Antonio, Allison Hanna-Williams wasn't worried about getting to Norfolk International Airport on Sunday night. She was more worried that her clubs wouldn't make the plane change in Washington.
Hanna-Williams won the Texas Hill Country Classic, a Duramid Futures tournament, in San Antonio last Sunday, making a 6-foot putt on the final hole. Then she was off to Kingsmill, where she won one of two spots in the Michelob Ultra Open during Monday's qualifying.
"I had been worried about my flight, especially if I won the tournament, but there was a threat of (bad) weather in San Antonio, so we played early," she said. Then to her relief, she stayed on the same plane in Washington, so missing her clubs weren't a problem.
She said she got to the airport in Norfolk around 11 p.m. and got to her room in Williamsburg about 12:30 a.m.
After six hours of sleep, it was on to qualifying, where she shot 68 to beat the rest of the 14-player field by three strokes.
"I had some coffee to wake myself up and I got off to a good start," she said. "I was 3 under after about six holes and cruised."
Hanna-Williams turned pro in 2005, played full-time on the LPGA Tour in 2006 and 2007, but had a bad year the second year, then didn't do well in the end-of-the-season qualifying school.
"I blame it on getting married," she said. "I maybe lost my focus a little bit."
She had no status on the tour last year, but still played in 15 events. She finished 143rd on the money list, which sent her back to qualifying school, where she missed by a stroke of earning a status level that would guarantee her entry into most tournaments.
Now she's sort of in limbo.
"Once you get in that in-between stage, when you don't know if you'll get into an event, it's hard," she said. "You either have to qualify or get in off the alternate list if people don't play, so it's hard to make your travel arrangements. You just expect you're going to have some airline change fees."
Had she not qualified for the tournament here, she would have stuck around. Her parents are driving her car to the East Coast from her home in Oregon, and she'll head for the Sybase Classic in New Jersey next week.
Still, she's happy with her game.
"The passion is back and I'm working really hard. I'm hitting the ball really well and I feel really good," she said.
She hasn't won much money, but she has earned checks in her last three tournaments, two on the Futures Tour and in the LPGA's Corona Championship. In the Corona tournament, she was 3 under through 54 holes, but skied to a 78 in the final round.
She reversed that last week in Texas.
"I hit the ball really well, made some putts. I got a couple of longer putts to fall, then birdied the last hole to win. I knew I had to make that putt so I wouldn't be in a playoff, made about a 6-foot putt. It was great."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun