This Mother’s Day, in honor of mothers everyone who golf and love the game, we wanted to highlight mothers who golf, and mothers who support their children who golf. Happy Mother’s Day to all the strong women out there who have supported the game and love to play!
Mothers Who Golf
While you can’t call yourself a golf fan without knowing about the Masters Tournament, many viewers might not be aware of one of the tournament’s most beloved traditions – the annual Par 3 Contest. This contest, held on Wednesday prior to the start of the actual Tournament in Augusta, is a family event. Wives and girlfriends, mothers and fathers, children and grandchildren – all have happily served as caddies for their PGA professional relatives. So you might have seen some of these mothers in years past:
Mothers and the Par 3 Contest
Lee Westwood’s mother Trish, caddied for her son during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament. Rickie Fowler had his mother Lynn caddie for him during the Par 3 Contest in 2014 at the Masters. Keegan Bradley also invited his mother to act as his Par 3 Contest caddie during the 2012 Masters Tournament in Georgia. And Ian Poulter brought his mother Theresa to the Par 3 Contest in 2011.
Annika Sörenstam is a retired Swedish-American professional golfer and mother of two who is one of the most successful female golfers in history. Sörenstam retired in 2008 with 72 LPGA Tour wins, including 10 majors, and she topped the LPGA’s career money list with earnings over $22 million.
Lorena Ochoa perhaps famously retired from the LPGA Tour in 2010 after being ranked the No. 1 player in the world for three years and winning 27 tournaments, to return closer to home and start a family. Ochoa was the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world, and is considered by many to be the best Mexican golfer and best Latin American female golfer of all time. And motherhood has not stopped her from continuing to play – as Ochoa competes in 10-12 fundraisers each year, as well as helping her foundation in other ways and… of course… continuing to be a mom to her two children.
Anne Murray is a 4-time Grammy-winning Canadian singer/songwriter whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide. A longtime golf enthusiast, Murray made history in 2003 by being the first woman to score a hole-in-one at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino course. With a handicap of 11, Golf for Women magazine named her the world’s best female celebrity golfer, and she is the mother of two.
Celine Dion is an international pop star and singing sensation, and also the mother of three. As a well-documented fan of golf. The Canadian singer even owns her own golf course – Le Mirage – in Canada (and has a golf course at her home!), and touts a 17 handicap.
Cristie Kerr is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour, and she is the mother of one. In 2010, Kerr became the first American to reach the Women’s World Golf Ranking #1 position, and has 18 Tour wins to her career.
Nancy Lopez, is an American professional golfer who joined the LPGA in 1977 and won 48 Tour events, including three major championships. Lopez retired in 2003, and unretired in 2007. She is considered one of the great female golfers, and was introduced to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987. A mother of three, she also owns Nancy Lopez Golf, making a full line of women’s clubs and accessories, acts as a television commentator, and also continues to host annual golf tournaments to raise money for charities.
All these women – and countless others – are mothers who support, love, and play golf – and this Mother’s Day we salute them and say “Thank you!” Mothers and golf? A winning combination.