Coaching Inside the Ropes

Some LPGA players like Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen pay to have their golf coach/ instructor around with them at tournaments. Depending on the coach/ instructor, one or more of his students will share the cost of having them at the event toDSCN8834.JPG provide on-the-course instruction.

Lydia who is coached by David Leadbetter had him at the ANA Inspiration during practice rounds and the pro-am. He was on the driving range with her and he walked inside the ropes at pro-am. Luckily for Lydia’s pro-am partners, David provided private advice to them.

David is really pleased with his students who include Lydia Ko, Danielle Kang, Michelle Wie, Adam Scott and many others.

All-Star Lineup

Caitlyn Jenner's team

Caitlyn Jenner’s team

When it was called the Kraft Nabisco, organizers invited celebrities who played golf to participate at the pro-am. That’s when I met Alice Cooper and Wayne Gretzky. Today it is called the ANA Inspiration and no celebrities were invited to the pro-am.

Careful examination of the pairing sheet heightened my curiosity. The first name was ‘C. Jenner’ and the other was ‘G. Fuhr’. You guessed it, Caitlyn Jenner was playing alongside LPGA pro, Danielle Kang and Grant Fuhr, ex-goaltender of the Edmonton Oilers was playing in the afternoon.

It turned out that Caitlyn’s pro-am team shot the lowest score. She was talking to David Leadbetter at the driving range and mentioned that her swing is coming around. She said she carries a single digit handicap. I was pleasantly surprised to see Caitlyn at a LPGA event and hope she makes it out next year.