Of Golf and the Games

“Eighty percent of life is showing up.” Woody Allen

After 110 years, golf returns to the Olympic Games. Some of the world’s top golfers, citing health concerns and scheduling conflicts have opted out of playing in Rio. So, who will we be watching at the Games?

Team USA
At the Paris games of 1900, the first and, until now, the only time women played Olympic golf, American women swept the field. Margaret Abbot (gold), Pauline Whittier (silver), Daria Pratt (bronze). Playing for the United States are:

Lexi Thompson (Rolex rank 4)
Stacy Lewis (Rolex rank 9)
Geriina Piller (Rolex rank 15)

 

Seoul Sisters…
With Half of the top 20 players in the world hailing from the Republic of Korea, it is safe to call Korea a power house of women’s golf. Korea is the only nation to field it’s full complement of players at this Game.

Inbee Park
Sei Young Kim
Amy Yang
In Gee Chun

..And Little Seoul Sister
Lydia Ko (born in Korea, residing in New Zealand)

Neighbor from the North

Sometimes

illuninated S ometimes….

…I hit the ball well enough, and it lands somewhere not too far from where I intended it to be. Occasionally, the ball’s travels feeds my aspirations  – the one putt, the long drive to the middle of the fairway, the wedge shot that hits the flag stick then drops into the hole. In these highlight reel moments I feel elation and affinity with the game ; I feel golfly.

illuminated And…

…then there are the times when I return to the origins of the game, and I feel like I’m hitting a rock with a stick towards a gopher hole.