The 23-year-old Winslow became the first black player to compete in an LPGA Tour event since 2001 this week at the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open, getting in through a sponsor's exemption. She finished with a birdie and five pars for an 8-over 80 on Friday, and shot a two-day total of 22-over 166 -- missing the cut by a wide margin.
Even so, the cousin of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr. left feeling enthusiastic.
'My goals were to experience everything I could, to enjoy the experience -- which I did, tremendously -- and just to have fun,' Winslow said. 'You hit bad shots and that may not seem fun, but it's fun to go through the process, to be inside the ropes and say, 'Hey, I missed a shot in an LPGA tournament.''
The most recent black LPGA player was LaRee Pearl Sugg, who last played in 2001. Former tennis star Althea Gibson broke the color barrier in 1963, and was followed in the '70s by Renee Powell. Gibson played in 171 tournaments.
Winslow, a Yale graduate and employee at Walt Disney World Golf Resort, was aware that no black woman had been in an LPGA field for nearly five years, but said it didn't weigh heavily on her mind.
'I think it's significant for her because she's been working at it for so long,' mother Lynn Winslow said. 'And it's hard, because it's not been a crystal stair for her.'
She played the course several times over the last month, yet the tournament setup wasn't anything like what she'd seen before.
'When I play in a tournament ... things change,' said Winslow, a Seattle native who now lives in nearby Winter Garden. 'You've got a whole bunch of emotions going on inside, and anxiety and adrenaline. But that's also a motivator as well.'
She'll use that motivation to help her toward her next goal, qualifying for this summer's U.S. Women's Open.
'My score is definitely not reflective of how I felt out there, what I learned,' Winslow said. 'Being able to see up close and personal what needs to happen between the first hole and the 72nd hole to be a competitor, be in contention -- how to stay in the game even when things aren't looking so good.'