Aline Krauter feels comfortable and makes her professional debut at the Dana Open presented by Marathon | LPGA

Stanford alum Aline Krauter had a “dream” of ending her college career. After the Stanford Cardinals won the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships, coach Anne Walker announced live on the Golf Channel that the bye for the Dana Open presented by Marathon traditionally given to a member of the winning team would go to Krauter, an unexpected surprise for the senior graduate. Krauter opted to turn pro before Stage I of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, and after taking the first stage in Palm Springs, Calif., is now making his pro debut in Toledo, a debut that he feels is very different from others. times she did. on the LPGA Tour.

“It’s a little different now that I’ve turned pro,” Krauter said. “It feels a bit more official to me, because before it was like oh, I’m the amateur. Like I don’t really know anyone here. And now I feel like I’ve met a bunch of people thanks to my main exemptions as well, so it seems official and I’m very excited.

Krauter competed in the Amundi Evian Championship last month and she made sure to make the most of her time in France, tapping into the brains of her fellow Germans and Stanford alumni on the professional life of golf and what it takes to succeed on the Tour. Sophia Popov, Albane Valenzuela, Andrea Lee and even Lexi Thompson were among those the 22-year-old asked for advice, but she says she mostly leaned on Caroline Masson, the 33-year-old German with a title on the LPGA Tour. his resume.

“I talk to a lot of Stanford graduates, Andrea (Lee) and Albane (Valenzuela) and leaned on Sophia (Popov) I would say and (Caroline Masson) for sure,” Krauter explained. “My first major couples, I only played with Caro basically. I tagged her. The main thing was at Chevron. She gave me some pin positions that had been in the past and she was like, don’t hit it here, don’t hit it here, and at Q-School, and I hit it where told me not to hit it at Chevron, and it wasn’t great, but, yeah .

As she prepares for Thursday’s game, Krauter will certainly draw on the lessons learned from her time at Stanford and her discussions with her compatriots to help her get through the week at the Dana Open. She will also lean heavily on her younger brother, Tim, who has been on her bag every time she has made it to the LPGA Tour, a comforting presence during what can be a trying week for her professional debut.

“He was a caddy at Q-School, so he was on the bag a lot. Every time I’ve had a caddy, it’s basically been him. It gives me a bit of comfort to have my family here,” Krauter said. “One piece of advice that has really helped me is to never really change anything. Never change a working system. I feel like I’ve done pretty well so far with my system. I don’t want to really change a lot and look left and right, like, oh, what are these people doing, what are these people doing. I think what I’m doing is probably good so far, so we’ll see.

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