Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post takes a look at the LPGA Championship in Havre De Grace, Maryland.
Oddly, Shapiro says that although it’s a major, it doesn’t feel like a major:
Over the first few practice days, this place does not look or feel much like a major championship.
Talk about irony. Just the other day I was complaining about the way that golf announcers are overusing the phrase “this tournament has the feel of a major.”
Now we have come full circle with a major that doesn’t.
At any rate, there are a number of good stories in Shapiro’s column, as he dissect’s Michelle Wie’s impact on the Tour, and muses over young phenoms who never made it as adults.
There’s also an interesting bit about budding superstar Lorena Ochoa, a native of Mexico. Ochoa apparently makes it a point to visit with the grounds crews before tournaments:
Before the start of a number of tournaments this year, she makes it a point to head toward the course maintenance areas to say hello and occasionally have lunch with her countrymen, many of whom are employed keeping up the golf course.
“They work so hard,” Ochoa said. “So on behalf of the LPGA and all the players, we just appreciate their hard work. Then we talk about soccer, and we talk about how proud it is to be Mexican and represent them. There are a lot of good people that work really hard to live out here and to maintain their family, so we appreciate that.”
Given the current controversy about legal and illegal immigration, I’m not sure what to do with that one. I haven’t yet made up my mind about that particular issue …