LOS ANGELES - It’s been a challenging first two years on the LPGA Tour for Jillian Hollis. The Ohio native first earned Membership after finishing fifth on the Epson Tour’s Race for the Card in 2019. She became a part of the 2020 rookie class, whose first year was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and were allotted an extra year of eligibility in 2021. Throughout the past two seasons, Hollis has made just four cuts in 27 starts and she’s only made $45,767 in career earnings with her best finish being a tie for 12th at last year’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Nevertheless, Jillian has persisted, and after firing a 4-under 68 in the Monday qualifier for the DIO Implant LA Open, finds herself in this week’s field at Wilshire Country Club.
“I'm super excited,” said Hollis who also Monday qualified for the JTBC Classic presented by Barbasol last month. “I love this tournament. I love coming to California. This is one of my favorite places to come visit. I loved Aviara as well, down in Carlsbad. The people out here are so nice and I have a lot of friends out here and it's been a lot of fun so I'm pretty excited to play this week.”
Recently, Hollis has been making a lot of changes on and off the golf course to get her game back on track, especially with her attitude. Golf can be a bear when you’re struggling — even more so for a young professional – and for Jillian, a lack of results further compounded the negativity she was feeling about her game, making it a challenge to enjoy what she was getting to do for a living on the LPGA Tour.