Undercover Tour Pro, LPGA Edition

A quick cut on cliques and mean girls

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

f more golf fans made an e ort to fol­low us, I think they’d quickly get over the fact our shots aren’t al­ways as far and fan­tas­tic as the men.We have a more diverse cast of char­ac­ters. The LPGA Tour is quite the scene once you get to know it.

There are de nitely a lot of cliques, though I try not to get too tight with any. Af­ter a few sea­sons, I’m try­ing harder to be out here just for me. I’m po­lite to ev­ery­one, and I have only a cou­ple of good friends, who are Amer­i­cans. I lived in the US for a while, and I sup­pose I just com­mu­ni­cate with them best. They’re the most friendly and out­go­ing. Though the mean girls are al­most all Amer­i­cans, but more on them later.

IThe Kore­ans are, clearly, the big­gest pres­ence.They al­ways stay in the same houses and eat to­gether and are al­ways shar­ing things. A lot travel with their par­ents, and it can get crazy. Moms and dads hov­er­ing, giv­ing their daugh­ters candy when they make a birdie, ac­cu­sa­tions of hand sig­nals from the gallery, like what club an­other girl hit on a par 3.They root for each other to win more than any other na­tion­al­ity. Some of it is cor­po­rate-con­di­tioned, too. A club com­pany, for ex­am­ple, has a one-month re­treat ev­ery win­ter where its play­ers prac­tice all day and eat meals and spend vir­tu­ally ev­ery wak­ing second with one an­other.

The de­vout Kore­ans who at­tend Chris­tian Bi­ble study are an­other con­tin­gent. I could name a few who don’t prac­tice as well as they preach. When it comes to women who throw fits and curse at their cad­die or the oc­ca­sional vol­un­teer, this clique is well-rep­re­sented.

The Korean-Amer­i­cans make a real e ort to bridge the gap and come to­gether on com­mon her­itage, but there’s a limit when one per­son speaks the other’s lan­guage at only a 5-year-old level, or not at all. Many of the Latin girls know a fair amount of English but won’t speak it if you play a prac­tice round with them. I wish I spoke a second lan­guage – but I don’t – so it’s just a fact that I’m more likely to hang with a woman like Il­hee Lee, who, by the way, is awe­some. She moved to Amer­ica all by her­self, bought a house and a car, is do­ing it all on her own.

The Ja­panese and Chi­nese play­ers, even the re­ally young ones, usu­ally travel with just a man­ager. Xi Yu Lin, who’s 20, is su­per cool.The most amaz­ing Oh, no,

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