I always go into a tournament with my tee sheet highlighted, circled, starred and scribbled on. There’s generally some method to the way I walk a golf course so that I can watch, meet or interview particular players.
The priority in all my tournament coverage since December has been to meet as many of the women who would play the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur as possible. There will never be another first-time field. The tournament won’t ever again be as shiny-new as it is this year, which is not to say that people won’t pay attention in 2020 and beyond. It’s just that when something is new, it’s a curiosity.
I’m constantly surprised by people’s reaction to watching high-level female golf. I don’t understand the level of surprise that “these girls actually hit it pretty far!” There is so much more to them than that…but yes, they also hit it pretty far. (Duh.)
What started as my own personal “cheat sheet” to the field grew to a 2,500-plus Word document, which is why I decided it had to be appreciated by somebody but me. Golf is so much more interesting when you get past birdies and bogeys, which is what I’ve tried to do in bringing the 72-player field to life.
As I’ve said probably too many times this spring (though it never gets old), I’ll see you in Augusta.