Stanfords mind on her sick mother


BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Angela Stanford’s mind was a thousand miles away Tuesday as she prepared for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Her mother, Nan, was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks ago. Stanford pulled out of the Wegmans LPGA to be with her mother in Texas. She played the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic last week only because her mom insisted she play. Stanford’s thoughts, though, kept drifting on Tuesday to her mother, who was scheduled to have a CAT scan.

“My family’s with her,” Stanford said.

Her mom also spent part of Tuesday in a class preparing for chemotherapy.

“It was rough out there today,” Stanford said.

Stanford, a three-time LPGA winner, said it’s a good thing her swing’s in shape.

“I need to learn how mentally to be in the present,” she said. “If I can conquer that this week, I think I’ll be OK.

“The blessing is that the physical side of my golf game is good, because I think if I were hitting it all over the map and had to deal with my mental state right now, I wouldn’t have a shot in the world.”