Dont Drink the Water

By Liz JanangeloApril 2, 2008, 4:00 pm
Editor's note: LPGA Tour rookies will be blogging throughout the 2008 season. Liz Janangelo was one of the country's top amateur and one of the best ever to play at Duke University. She is a two-time winner on the Duramed FUTURES Tour and tied for 14th at Q-school to earn exempt status on tour this year.
Three tournaments into the season the LPGA has certainly been an enjoyable place to go to work. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful. The deer in the headlights look is slowly beginning to wear off and it's certainly nice to be able to spend time with people that have common goals and interests. With that said, I have learned a great deal in three events. A few little tidbits that I have stored in my Memory Bank are:
  • There are NO snakes in Hawaii
  • Nice Perk: Luckily the LPGA lights up the range and putting green prior to Pre Pro-Am rounds (6:30 am) so that the rookie players are able to see before their practice round, also for early morning tournament rounds. Nothing spells golf season like 4am wake-up calls!
  • A good caddie saves a player 3.274 shots/round.
  • The only thing cooler than an underage rental car fee is an overweight luggage fee. Everyone should agree it is very difficult keeping it under 50lbs for a two-and-a-half week trip to Hawaii.
  • One of the best services that is offered on tour is Day Care for tour moms. I don't know how tour moms do it. Pat Hurst, Carin Koch, Juli Inkster, Leta Lindley, and many others are incredible! To be able to balance family life and great golf needs to be commended. However, the rumor amongst tour caddies is that the giant staff bags were getting very difficult to carry. Umbrella, rain suit, swing aids, sweaters, snacks, and children were hard to maneuver around the golf course.
  • Even if it's HOT water, it's still water so if you are in Mexico don't drink it.
  • Despite what you may believe Laura Diaz smiles.
  • The only thing more dangerous than an African Hippopotamus is Mexican water. Trust me.
    So far the best part of being a tour rookie is the ability to fly under the radar. This has enabled me to view the tour as an outsider, while getting the inside scoop.
    A few examples are the fact that I've learned that Annika has a GREAT arm. She can give anyone a run for their money in the Ball Throw for Distance category of Field Day.
    Another talented athlete is Morgan Pressel. It has been made clear that she has acquired the tennis gene from Uncle Aaron Kriekstein and will take down all LPGA members, Calloway Johnny included, in straight sets.
    Finally, Swedish players by far earn the award for most hours logged in the gym. With fellow tour rookie Louise Friberg's recent victory at the MasterCard the efforts put forth off the course are proving that hard work rewards success. Way to go Louise!!!
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    Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

    By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

    The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

    Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

    There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

    Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

    Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

    Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

    An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

    In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

    Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

    Playing with the pros

    Tiger, DJ and Faxon

    Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

    Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

    Rory faces criticism

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

    Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

    President at the Presidents Cup

    Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

    Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

    Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

    Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

    Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

    Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

    Cart on the green

    Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

    Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

    Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

    Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

    Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

    Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

    Trump golf properties


    Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

    Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


    Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

    Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

    Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

    Reportedly fake TIME covers

    Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

    Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

    Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

    Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

    Pros comment on the president

    Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

    Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

    Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.