It has been many months since my last post because I have had a lot of life changes in the past nine months (no, I did not have a child). I have moved to a new state for a dream job! As we all know with a new job and a big move other things fall to the wayside. But now I am more settled in my job and new home; and of course fall is here (so less daylight hours to play golf), which makes it a logical time to focus on my blog.
I wanted to start with something light and fun! And Lydia Ko’s announcement that she is turning pro is just the ticket! I read that she decided to release a video rather than do a press conference and sure enough she tweeted out to her followers the link to the video on October 22. Here is the video for your enjoyment:
I give the video four stars because it is entertaining (Lydia speed golfing) and shows her personality (e.g., she laughs a lot); and it certainly beats a boring press conference video.
I have said in a previous post that I am not a fan of the younger and younger players we see in professional events. And that a player like Michele Wie is a cautionary tale because she is only 23 and struggles to find her game. But, Lydia Ko seems to be a very poised and talented young women. Ko has won a number of professional tournaments and made history winning the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 and 2013. As the press has pointed out, Ko has left over $1 Million in money on the table as an amateur.
Now we just have to wait for the LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, to approve her request to waive the rule requiring LPGA professionals to be at least 18 years old. The waiver is a “fiat accompli” given the popularity of Ko, the fact she has already won multiple professional events as an amateur, and Whan waived the age requirement for Lexi Thompson after she won an LPGA event.
As a professional, Ko will face a new kind of scrutiny because everyone will be watching to see if she falters under the “pressure” of being a pro. Time and time again a young amateur golfer is hailed as the next “Tiger or Annika” and seems to lose their talent (or maybe free spirit) as a professional. Only time will tell if Ko is able win as much as a professional as she did as an amateur.
Hopefully, she will have a smooth transition from the “darling of the amateur ranks” to a regular pro on tour. Bottom line, I know I will be watching to see how she plays in her first tournament as a professional.