It was a record-setting day for Meijer LPGA Classic 54-hole leader Nelly Korda. Between the tournament scoring record after three rounds, to the barrage of birdies (11 in total on Saturday), the Rolex Rankings No. 4 had it going on.
Nelly Korda, statements
“I was listening to Bubba Watson talk yesterday and I’m like, you know, it makes so much sense what they say. We take golf so seriously when you’re out here. You love it so much and you may say, ‘Ohh, it’s just golf,’ but their words struck deep after missing the U.S.
Women’s Open a couple weeks ago. I just have to realize it is golf. There’s going to be a lot more tournaments ahead of me. I’m going to miss a lot more cuts, I bet you that. As long as I’m learning from each situation.
I think that’s the most important thing. Missing the cut was hard. Kind of have to take a step back and look at it in a sense of how Bubba Watson and Wolff were saying. It’s golf. At the end of the day, just enjoy it.
Have fun because you’re lucky to be out here So, kind of new perspective in a way. It takes someone to say it out loud for you to realize it deep down inside, but when you play well throughout the season, you just put so much pressure on yourself"
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"