OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Mikaela Parmlid can feel her unborn baby moving as she plays the International Crown.
Fortunately, she hasn’t felt any kicks in her backswings.
Retired and pregnant, Parmlid unexpectedly made the Swedish team, and she proved worthy of the roster spot this week, helping her team advance to Sunday singles. Parmlid and Pernilla Lindberg routed Australia’s Karrie Webb and Minjee Lee, 7 and 5, Saturday at Caves Valley Golf Club.
Parmlid is 5½ months pregnant.
“Oh yeah, I can feel it,” Parmlid said of her baby. “When I'm walking, when I focus on it like that. If I don't focus on it, then I don't feel it.”
Parmlid and Lindberg came into Saturday as the only players at the International Crown who hadn’t recorded a point in the matches, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. In Friday’s loss to South Korea, Parmlid made six birdies and an eagle. They combined for a best-ball 62 and still lost. Parmlid made three birdies to Lindberg’s five on Saturday.
Parmlid, 33, won the NCAA individual championship while at USC in 2003 and played the LPGA circuit for six years before returning home to Sweden to play the Ladies European Tour, where her frustration over failing to make the European Solheim Cup team last year led her to decide to retire. She put her clubs away after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters in December and went to work gaining certification as a psychologist/coach, fully expecting she wouldn’t play professionally again.
Back in April, however, Parmlid got a call from the LPGA informing her that she was going to make the Swedish team for the International Crown.
“What is the International Crown?”
Parmlid said she got away from golf, didn’t touch her clubs for three months and didn’t follow it.
“I guess my LPGA e-mails had gone into my spam,” Parmlid said. “So I didn't get any of the e-mails.”
Parmlid said this experience has reignited her passion for golf and she may stay out of retirement.
“I guess I haven't really retired, but I was pretty sure in December,” Parmlid said.