A morning shotgun pro-am was followed by a field of twenty-one hopefuls in the qualifier. Given the odd number, a single led the them off and for the second qualifier in a row (AC was the other), Dina Ammaccapane will set the pace. One of the fastest players that ever graced the fairways of the LPGA, she’ll be done before breaking a sweat. Her caddie on the other hand, may not be so fortunate. Hey Simpson, keep up!
Robert O. Smith is in the house for the next two days. He’s a former rules official on the LPGA Tour and was one of the most respected and liked. He lives about five hours away and wished to touch base with some familiar faces. Retirement must suit Robert O. very well as he seems younger and taller. On the serious side, congratulations are in order as he is about to become a granddad twice. His son and lovely wife are expecting twins.
During our lengthy conversation, I learned Robert O. continues to help with rules seminars, plays plenty of golf and is perfecting his grip replacement technique with the use of the workbench he installed in the garage. In fact, he spent as much time as he could assisting club repairman Paul with many such a task. He was relegated to cutting them off but it still counts.
We also talked golf touching on the hair-pulling idiosyncrasies of the women’s game and his own philosophy of instruction. Very enlightening.
There are many ways to prepare for the grind of a qualifier in the Arkansas heat but Yuki Sakurai and her caddie Zac may have found the most novel.
Then there was this: