Casie Cathrea Ready to Move Forward
March 10, 2014
It was a sudden change of plans, but Casie Cathrea isn’t looking back now. Instead, she’s moving forward.
About a month ago, the 18-year-old Livermore resident, who wrapped up her second straight San Francisco City Championship title this past weekend, somewhat abruptly left Oklahoma State during her freshman season.
The reason? According to Cathrea, following her return to school after winter break she was suspended from the Cowboys women’s golf team for a week for missing a team function. At the time, Cathrea explained, she had a note from her personal trainer and physical therapist excusing her from the function.
Nonetheless, she was not only suspended from the team for a week, but also couldn’t be on a golf course.
And that’s when things got interesting. As Cathrea explains it, she was set to attend a Curtis Cup Match Practice Session along with 13 other invitees the week after her suspension.
After some discussions with her father Harry, Cathrea made the decision to leave Oklahoma State.
“It was a neutral decision between me and my father. It was the best choice for me to come home,” Cathrea said. “The way I left school wasn’t the best, but it’s what I needed to do to be happy.”
So what’s now on the docket for Cathrea? For starters, her next move will be to try and secure a sponsor’s exemption in the upcoming Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which will be held April 24-27 at Lake Merced GC.
By the end of March, she’ll also know whether or not she’s been selected to play in the Curtis Cup, which pits the U.S. against Ireland/Great Britain in a Ryder Cup-like amateur match.
Should she be selected for the Curtis Cup, she’ll be exempt from qualifying for this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, held Aug. 4-10 at Nassau CC in New York. But that would only be a formality, since Cathrea is already exempt for the championship due to playing all 72 holes in last year’s U.S. Women’s Open, where she was low amateur.
Come October, Cathrea plans on turning professional, with her sights set on LPGA Q-School.
“Leaving school is still hard to talk about. I looked forward to it for a long, long time. My room at home is still painted with an OSU logo,” Cathrea said. “But everything happens for a reason. I’m moving forward.”