Penn-Trafford grad Barchetti hoping build on Connecticut Open finish
For Mia Barchetti, golf has become her life.
The 23-year-old Level Green native and 2013 Penn-Trafford graduate turned pro after graduating from Youngstown State, with hopes of playing on the LPGA Tour.
She competed in the Cactus League in the Phoenix area during the winter and spring, where she played in six events before coming home for the summer.
“After graduating from college, I didn’t feel I was done yet with golf, so I want to take my game to the next level,” Barchetti said. ”So I put myself out there with the best girls in the world by moving to Phoenix because that’s where all the talent was.
“I knew I could do it, being able to be out there, competing and making a pay check. I know that’s what I want to do for the next couple of years.”
While in high school, Barchetti placed fourth in the PIAA in 2012, and she helped her team to consecutive WPIAL Class AAA runner-up finishes in 2011 and ’12.
Barchetti plans on returning to Phoenix in the fall to compete again.
She also plans to participate in Q-school at Palm Springs, Calif., in August as she attempts to earn her LPGA Tour card.
“It’s a big event, so I’m working on getting some donors to help with the entry fee,” Barchetti said. “I’m excited about entering Stage 1 and see where I stand.”
Between working at Totteridge Golf Club and helping at youth camps, Barchetti plans to play in pro events while she is home.
A few weeks ago, Barchetti had her best finish as a pro when she placed sixth at the Connecticut Open. Her two-round total was a 5-over par 149.
She opened with a 2-under par 70.
“First of all, it was a great old course with thick roughs,” Barchetti said. “It was like playing in Western Pennsylvania. I was able to score low, which felt good. And to be in that last group the second day was really cool.
“I’ve never been in that position to make birdies and feel good. So I’m excited to have more of that feeling.”
She will be playing in the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada at the Ladies Golf Club in Toronto on the Fourth of July. She will play in a Pro-Am on Tuesday.
“It’s going to be cool to play in another country. I’ve never done that,” Barchetti said. “I know there will be good competition. I’m excited because I know I can play well. The course seems to set up for my game. I’ll just have to adapt.”
As she prepares for the event, she’s working on her consistency, especially mentally.
“I know I can swing. I know can hit the ball. I know I can chip and putt,” Barchetti said. “Now, it’s putting it all together. It’s all about getting consistent scores, low scores.”