Undercover Tour Pro, LPGA Edition
A quick cut on cliques and mean girls
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,