Thursday, July 24, 2003

No one is talking about her, but Suzy Whaley is the 2nd woman in the past few months to play in a PGA tour event. She tees it up today in the Greater Hartford Open. Unlike Annika Sorenstam, however, Whaley deserves to be there. She qualified at a regional tournament to get in! I know, I know they let her play from the Ladies tees at the qualifier (that rule has since been changed), but that's not her fault. She was just playing by the rules set out before her. In fact women had been trying to qualify from those same tees for the past 10 years but haven't succeeded. Most people "in the know" don't think she has as good a chance as Annika did of qualifying, but to her credit Suzy is just going out there and playing her game. She's just having fun with it and, in the meantime, another step forward for women's sports happens right under our collective noses.