After the 76th edition of the US Women's Open won by Yuka Saso (the first Filipino golfer to win a Major), the LPGA Tour is back in the limelight with the LPGA Mediheal Championship. From tomorrow to Sunday (10-13 June) in Daly City, California, 6 of the best 10 in the world will also compete.
From South Koreans Inbee Park (number 2) and Sei Young Kim (number 3 and reigning champion, she won the tournament - canceled for Covid in 2020 - in 2019) to Canadian Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (# 5). Up to Danielle Kang (# 6), Lexi Thompson (# 7 and third at the US Women's where she threw away the chances of winning in the fourth round) and Hyo-Joo Kim (# 8).
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Among the big names, Jin Young Ko (number 1), Nelly Korda (number 4), Yuka Saso (number 9) and Nasa Hataoka (tenth and runner up at the US Women's) will be missing. While Giulia Molinaro, fresh from 61 / o place in the US Women's Open, will be the only blue in the race.
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"