World’s Best Amateur Women L.A. Golf Trials

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At Bayalegre National Golf Club in North Naples, Fla., 200 women from across the world were gathered in an Olympic Village-type tent in the middle of the golf course, getting information on the competition.

Pro-Aegis, The Associated Press created a list of professional golfers from all over the world and assembled them in a mobile arena outside the players village to take questions. I heard quite a few jokes about standing in for golfers and making hundreds of intelligent remarks.

Many of them weren’t allowed to talk about their golf.

The tradition for amateur players to keep Olympic information confidential was also in place, and some joked that women were putting their names on their competition sheets. Only one of the finalists, Robert Dinwiddie, spoke openly. “It was definitely a lot different from what I expected. I was surprised at the way everyone on the golf course was supporting and engaging. That was remarkable.

“I’ve never had that much support and interaction from so many women. You feel like you are the only person in the world who is playing for an Olympic medal. It was humbling and incredible. All of a sudden, women, who I think I have become friends with a little more after the tournament, she’s walking past and she says, ‘Hey, you look familiar.’”

The Open Championship winner Stenson on caddie relationship

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Luke Donald sat down with AP Women’s Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. “In the locker room, it feels like we’re pretty friendly with the guys. But outside the locker room, it’s very competitive. But the guys are kind of chilled out. They don’t want to play on the same team with their buddies. I kind of wear my emotions on my sleeve on the golf course. I think that’s where the competitiveness starts, and then you get a different result. I think a good caddie helps me get through to my shots, rather than constantly getting my emotions out on the course. But there’s definitely times I need someone that can coach me through a four-round event.”

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