Stupples striking balance with golf and motherhood


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – England’s Karen Stupples is comfortable in her body again and in her life as a mom.

It’s a big reason she’s in contention to win another major.

Stupples, whose pair of 69s puts her in the hunt going into the weekend at the Kraft Nabisco, is bidding to add a second major to the Weetabix Women’s British Open title she won in 2004.

Stupples, 36, missed last year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship recovering from emergency surgery after an appendix attack. Over the last year, she’s also undergone numerous procedures to remedy a painful varicose-vein condition.

The most discomfort in Stupples’ life, however, was within her family life, where she and her husband, Bobby, have struggled to raise their 3-year-old son, Logan, while playing the LPGA. Bobby has been Stupples’ caddie her entire LPGA career.

“Logan is fantastic, an absolute joy,” Stupples said. “He’s really fulfilled us, but he’s not easy.”

The couple has played the last three seasons with the help of LPGA daycare, but the stress of balancing it all was testing their relationship.

“There were many times I would try to chase Bobby down for an argument on the fairway because we were both tired,” Stupples said.

The couple solved the problem with Bobby giving up his wife’s bag this season to become a full-time father. Stupples hired Jerry Woodard this year as her caddie. Stupples said they’re following the example of Juli Inkster and her husband, Brian, and it's working terrifically.

“Brian and Bobby saw each other today,' Stupples said. 'Brian said, `Welcome to my world.''