The IX: Golf Thursday with Carly Grenfell, March 14, 2019

Interview with Alana Uriell—#BalanceForBetter—Must-click links in women's golf

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International Women’s Day

On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day where many sports organizations took to social media to honor the major strides and accomplishments of women in our industry.

The LPGA saluted all women around the globe, teams and players around the WNBA chimed in and Barack Obama had a powerful Twitter thread that started by saying that we should want a future where our daughters can live out their aspirations without limits.

And even among all the inspirational and feel-good posts, there was another that really, truly, brought together the 2019 theme of #BalanceForBetter. You can see the full post under Tweet of the Week below, but Charlotte Thomas, an LPGA rookie, talks about the huge disparities between men’s and women’s golf, specifically when it comes to pay.

She notes that her friend finished 12-under at a recent event, winning the event, and her earnings were only £14,000. Justin Harding, who just won a men’s European Tour event, finished at 13-under and his earnings were £260,000. Let that sink in. We can do so much better.

This Week in Women’s Golf

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Michell Wie might be injured again, but she’s also engaged!

Alana Uriell won her first event in her professional debut.

Stacy Lewis was inducted into the SEC Hall of Fame.

Student-athlete Jaclyn Lee is preparing for LPGA Tour life.

The LPGA purse is up nearly $10 million from 2018 to 2019.

Brittany Lincicome and her husband had an adorable gender reveal.

It’s a Solheim Cup Year! Juli Inkster has launched her Captain’s blog.

Pratima Sherpa is making her debut on the Symetra Tour.

14-year-old Alexa Pano falls short of making Symetra Tour history.

The Annika Award watch list for women’s college golfer of the year is out.

Tweet of the Week

Five at The IX: Interview with Alana Uriell, 2019 SKYiGOLF Champion.

Alana Uriell is coming off a victory at the SKYiGOLF Championship in her professional debut on the Symetra Tour. If you’re unfamiliar, the Symetra Tour is the developmental golf tour of the LPGA. Uriell won in thrilling fashion and was interviewed following her win. For the full interview, you can watch here.

Q: How do those words sound: your first win in your first professional start?

Uriell: If you told me that before the week started, I wouldn’t believe you. It feels really good and it’s such an honor to be able to play in this tournament. It’s been really fun.

Q: You lost your mom at a young age. Talk about what it was like to lose her and how you think she’s looking at you right now.

Uriell: At age 14, I lost my mom to breast cancer. She was really the person who inspired me to play golf and inspired me, but standing here today, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve made her proud and that makes me really happy.

Q: What was the biggest takeaway on the course that helped lead you to victory?

Uriell: The biggest takeaway today and this week was just staying focused and staying in the moment and really committing to what I had. It paid off.

Q: Today coming down the stretch, did you know what you needed to do to even get into a playoff?

Uriell: I think in the back of my mind I knew it was going to be a playoff. These girls are really good players and I seriously didn’t think it was going to be 12-under, but that just shows the caliber of play we have out here. I think that what really kept me focused this week was committing to the shots and I knew on my second shot on 18 that I needed to execute what I needed to execute and…I did! I made it happen.

Q: What was the playoff like? Hitting that shot 10 feet from the hole for eagle. Take me through that shot and the jubilation at the end.

Uriell: I was definitely nervous, but I think the best part was I embraced the nerves and I visualized the shot. I had to let everything go and pretend this wasn’t in a tournament and just hit the shot. It turned out really good for me and definitely I’m going to remember making that eagle putt for a long time.

Mondays: Soccer
By: Annie Peterson, @AnnieMPeterson AP Women’s Soccer
Tuesdays: Tennis
By Lindsay Gibbs, @Linzsports ThinkProgress
Wednesdays: Basketball
By: Howard Megdal, @HowardMegdal High Post Hoops
Thursdays: Golf
By Carly Grenfell, @Carlygren
Fridays: Hockey
By: Erica Ayala, @ELindsay08 NWHL Broadcaster

Written by The IX Team