The elimination of A Lim Kim, outgoing champion. And then the leadership of Yuka Saso. In California the 76th edition of the US Women's Open rises with blows and reserves the first surprise verdicts. Yuka Saso, 19, from San Ildefonso (Philippines), is leading a tournament after 36 holes for the second time in 2021.
She had already succeeded last April in the 'Lotte Championship' (LPGA Tour event) and now, with a total of 136 (69 67, -6), she leads the leaderboard of the second seasonal major of women's golf with one shot ahead.
on South Korean Jeongeun Lee, second with 137 (-5) and winner of the US Women's in 2019.
US Women's Open, Yuka Saso
While the Americans Megan Khan and Megha Ganne (amateur) share the 3rd position with 138 (-4), the latter at the top after the first 18 holes together with the British Mel Reid, 6 / a with 140 (-2) in the middle of the race.
Among the big is only 18 / a with 144 (+2) Jin Young Ko, world number 1. On her second career appearance at the US Women's Open, she instead took the pass to play Giulia Molinaro over the weekend. She is the only blue in the race, she is 59 / a with 148 (+6).
While A Lim Kim surprisingly left the scene. She champion in 2020, she for one shot she was unable to overcome the cut with a score of 149 (+7). Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site.
"I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history. People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other.
That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years. When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay.
But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot. I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye.
Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men. I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more.
It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin. My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them.
I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends. Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman.
I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time.
And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears"
"Today, I feel much more comfortable being who I am than I did just six or seven years ago. Sure, there are still pockets of bigotry, places where I feel like I need to keep my guard up. But those are few and far between.
From the beginning, all I have ever wanted was to live my life openly and honestly, out of the shadows. I take pride in having done that. And I hope that my story and the example I set helps someone else. That’s what’s most important.
Being an athlete, if I can help one young girl or boy gain the confidence needed to be true to themselves, to live their lives without fear, out of the shadows, that makes everything worth it. My message this Pride Month is simple: Be true to yourself, whatever your orientation.
Life is too short. To try to hide who you are is not a way to live. You cannot imagine the weight that is lifted, and the love you will feel, when you open yourself up to your personal truth"