About a year ago we bought Ellie her own set of mini golf clubs. We had just turned most of our backyard into a putting and chipping green and I wanted her to be able to use it as well. My husband and I head out golfing at least once a month and he’s always got the golf channel on. So naturally Ellie was becoming curious about the sport.
We’ve shown her the basics such as how the grip the club and how to stand, but being that she’s only 5 she’s not allowed on many courses. So the backyard has really become her golf course. She’ll spend a few hours a week out there hitting balls in to the pond or soccer net.
Recently she was asked who her favorite golfer was. “Tiger Woods of course!” chirped Ellie. She was then asked who her favorite girl golfer was. “Um, Mommy?” Really? Me? That’s very sweet, wait a minute!
That’s when I realized that we have never shown Ellie that girls can play professional sports too!
This past weekend was our opportunity to make up for that. La Costa Resort hosted the LPGA’s Kia Classic. Even with Michelle Wie not making the cut there were plenty of amazing golfer out there and I wanted Ellie to know she to could be one of them.
When we first got there she asked if Tiger was there. I won’t lie, she was a little disappointed when we said no. After explaining that it was only ladies and explaining the be very very quiet rules we walked out to an unfamiliar view at a very familiar location. I loved seeing La Costa Golf Course all gussied up for the LPGA.
We headed down to the 10th hole to see Brittany Lincicome tee off.
“Wow MOM! She hit is so far and so high it went into the clouds!”
I can’t wait to see her walking up these greens with clubs in her hands.
A Stacy Lewis autograph! I think this was Ellie’s first real autograph.
Ok, so maybe we still need a little bit more time to grow. Little legs still get tired and can’t walk all 18 holes.
The moment we arrived home she in the backyard swinging her clubs. LPGA watch out, Ellie’s coming for ya.
Do you encourage your girls to play sports? Have you introduced them to professional female sporting events?