Choices are a privilege — Anna Davis at PVC recap — Must-click women’s golf links
The IX: Golf Thursday with Addie Parker, May 5, 2022
If this is how you feel about choices, then today’s Golf Thursday may be one that you want to miss. No judgment here, but there are some things that we simply can’t ignore and the recent Politico leak about the possible ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade is one of those things.
It’s nice to have spaces catered to you and the things you want or don’t want. I went through some of the replies and the author of the tweet has many, many choices to choose from where he can go to avoid political conversations.
Choices. They are a lovely thing to have in any kind of situation. Like when you have that in-between shot around the green where you could be safe and putt it, or take a 60 degree wedge and throw it up high and land it by the hole, or hit a bump and run and let the green work for you.
Choices. We take them for granted sometimes. It’s a privilege to have choices. They allow us access and autonomy. The ability to choose makes us feel important, like we have the freedom to map out our lives the way we want to.
We’ve discussed women’s health on Thursdays before and we are pretty familiar with the list of responsibilities that come with having a uterus and how that list is quite extensive. Every woman in the history of women has complained about their period at some point in their lives. The bleeding, the cramps, the mood swings, feeling exhausted for no reason, I mean I really could go on and on.
Special shoutout to Lydia Ko for keeping it REAL on Sunday about her own issues with her period and how it impacted her play.
And then you have birth control which can lead to weight gain or even mild symptoms of depression. Depending on the type, the insertion can be ridiculously painful. Again — I could go on and on about the woes of being the owner of a uterus, but my point is that women deserve to have choices that expand beyond becoming a mother before they feel ready or birthing a child and giving them up for adoption. Neither of those are suitable solutions in a country that doesn’t provide universal paid maternity/paternity leave, universal health care, or has over 400,000 children in foster care.
Though nothing has been made official yet, it is hard to remain optimistic.
No matter your stance on abortion, I urge you to think about the choices in your life, the small ones you make every day, the big ones that you lose sleep over, and just take one moment longer to think about how nice it is to be in a position to have an alternative.
Choices are a privilege.
“No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.”
— Margaret Sanger
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This week in women’s golf
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The LPGA is on a break this week after four of the last 5 events being in California. The tour returns next week for the Founders Cup in New Jersey.
On Sunday, Marina Alex, won for the second time on tour with a clutch birdie-par-par finish to beat Jin Young Ko by one stroke.
Alex has recovered from a herniated disk in her lower back and spoke about just how much this win means to her!
The Renee Powell Clearview Legacy Benefit is back! It’s a great cause and I encourage you to look into ways to get involved with this event. Here’s the link to register.
A biopic on Annika Sorenstam will be premiering next Tuesday at 9 pm ET on the Golf Channel! The trailer details her amazing career, but alludes to more about her personal life as a wife and mom. I’ll be tuning in, will you?
Danielle Kang withdrew from PVC due to an injury. We don’t know too much about the injury or how she’s doing but she will be taking at least four weeks off. This is devastating considering how well she played in the beginning of the season. Her withdrawal didn’t come without some criticism, but Kang fired back, read this to see the exchange.
The Ladies European Tour is in Madrid this week for the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open! The tour’s number one ranked player, Maja Stark, is looking to follow up last week’s victory in Australia.
The 22-year-old has won three times on the LET in the last eight months and she’s looking for another, but her bigger goal is to make the 2023 European Solheim Cup team. “Next year will be big with the Solheim Cup in Spain and it would be a dream come true to play for Europe, so I can’t take my eye off the ball!”
Epson Tour News
If you’re keeping up with the Epson Tour’s race for the card standings, Then’s win moves her to the sixth spot on the money earning list. The top 10 in the Race for the Card earn LPGA Tour membership for the following season, here’s a list of the standings after week six!
NCAA regionals kick off on Monday! Feel free to email me any predictions you have or who you have your eyes on! I’m slightly bias, but I’ll be rooting for my Hokies as they head to Michigan as the sixth seed!!!
You don’t want to miss this incredible story about a young woman from Zambia making her golfing dreams comes true at PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship. Meet Jahaanvie Walia and read her story.
Five at The IX: Anna Davis at the Palos Verdes Championship
It’s no secret that Anna Davis, the AWNA champ, was the belle of the ball last week at PVC. In her LPGA debut, she shot a first round 71, made the cut, and kept her nerve. I am a huge Anna Davis fan and I can’t wait to watch her grow as a player! Here’s some quick quotes from the young star from Sunday at Palos Verdes.
Q. Here with Anna Davis after what was a pretty successful week here at the Palos Verdes Championship presented by Bank of America. Just assess your week overall.
ANNA DAVIS: It’s been a really fun experience I would say. Yeah, overall it’s been really fun. Super good experience, and it’s something I look forward to doing in my future.
So glad that I got to see a little sneak peek this week.
Q. What did you learn about yourself?
ANNA DAVIS: I don’t know. I had a pretty tough week today. I didn’t play that well. Like nothing about my game was really that great this week, but I would say just staying like — staying together just mentally.
Like especially on the second day for sure, knowing that I had to do something and then getting it done to make the cut was nice.
Q. What did you learn from playing alongside some of the best players in the world?
ANNA DAVIS: It’s cool. They’re all very focused. They take it obviously very seriously because this is their job, how they make their money. Some people don’t really see that. They’re just like, oh, they’re out here to play golf.
No. This is how they make their living. I think obviously they’re very focused and it’s obviously a little different from junior and amateur golf.
Q. Like I said, probably not the round you wanted to end the week on, but overall would you consider it a success? And why or why not?
ANNA DAVIS: Yeah, I think so. For my first LPGA event I would say making the cut is a pretty good accomplishment.
Q. How much more prepared do you feel now going into Cognizant Founders Cup and those three major sponsor exemptions?
ANNA DAVIS: I think a little more prepared because I know what to expect now. I think if I can get my game together then it’ll be a good week at New Jersey.
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