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Mary Narzisi

Age: 25

Current Residence: Omaha, Neb.

Hometown: Omaha, Neb.

Home Golf Course: Champions Run Country Club, Omaha, Neb. 

College: University of Minnesota

Big Break Season: Big Break Florida

Since Competing on Big Break: Currently competing full time on the Symetra Tour

 

BIG BREAK FLORIDA BIO

Career stats:
-  Two-time all-state and all conference in High School
-  Nebraska Class A individual champion in 2005 and 2006
-  Four-year letterman at the University of Minnesota, competing in 43 career tournaments
-  Holds the fifth-lowest season scoring average in Univ. of Minnesota history
-  4 Top-10 and 8 Top-20 finishes at Minnesota
-  Tied for 7th with a career low competitive round of 68 at the 2013 Colorado Women’s Open
-  Competing full time on Symetra Tour, with a T26 as her best finish in 2013

There might not be a player on Big Break Florida who works on both her physical and mental game harder today than Mary Narzisi.

She’s a grinder. She works on all facets of her game as much as she can, and has a mental coach to help her keep her emotions in check on the golf course so she can improve as a player.

However, she freely admits her work ethic, and her love for the game, is relatively new for her.

She was first introduced to the game at seven years of age by her father. Basketball was her first love growing up, and she played both sports in high school. Realizing she might have a future in golf, she transitioned to focus solely on golf her later years of high school, and earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota.

“My golf experience in college wasn’t what I was expecting it to be,” recalled Mary, who holds the fith-lowest season scoring average in program history. “It was full of ups and downs, and an awful senior year where we went through coaching changes and just didn’t perform up to our standards.”

After her senior year in 2011, she lost all love for the game she grew up with. She took an internship at a local country club in Minneapolis and a job at a golf club company. Those jobs paid the rent, and she was enjoying life as a 22 year-old in Minneapolis.

That fall, she received a phone call from a friend asking if she was going to play at LPGA Q-School. She had no desire to return to competitive golf. After thinking about it for a couple of weeks, she decided to enter and see what would happen.

It was the best decision she ever made. She advanced to second stage and earned status on the Symetra Tour for the 2012 season. She ended up making seven cuts in 15 events entered, highlighted by a T23 finish.

“I realized I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,” said Mary. “I fell back in love with golf.”

At the same time, Mary knew she had a lot to work on with the mental aspect of the game. She returned to LPGA Q-School for the 2013 season and advanced to final stage, earning full status for the Symetra Tour season. But something wasn’t quite right. She did not perform well at final stage, and she let her emotions get the best of her.

She admits she carried that over during the winter. She knew that in order to improve as a professional golfer, she needed assistance on keeping her emotions in check.

“It [final stage of LPGA Q-School] was an eye-opening experience for me,” said Mary. “I finally realized I needed to get my temper and my emotions in control or I am not going to ever make it to the LPGA Tour.”

Her parents suggested she explore working with a mental coach. In 2013, she took that advice, and worked with coaches Jack Stark and Todd Stull. They instilled in her a better work ethic and a better mental approach to the game. It is a long process, and Mary is learning to be patient and let the work that she is putting in both on and off the golf course, kick in.

She made six cuts in 13 events on the Symetra Tour in 2013. She missed the cut in her final six events, but she could see her attitude and emotions slowly improving. She has status for the Symetra Tour in 2014, and decided to forego playing in LPGA Q-School, instead continuing to work on her own game.

When she got the call to be on Big Break, however, she immediately jumped at the opportunity.

“I’ve heard about the pressure that everyone experiences on Big Break, and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity for me to put everything I have worked on this year to the test,” said Mary. “It came just at the right time, as I needed a different experience on the golf course. This show just could be my ‘Big Break’ that I need.”