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My Year in Golf, 2016: Beth Ann Nichols

As 2016 unwind, members of the Golfweek personnel review their year in golf. Up next: Beth Ann Nichols.

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There’s a bunker on the 6th hole.

It took a 2nd for that expression to calculate. When word came down from the professional store that a German bunker was on the Seaside Course, we were minutes away from teeing off at Omaha Beach Golf Club.

The par-4 6th doglegs right along the sea. It’s possible that a person might play the stunning hole and totally miss exactly what might be the most stirring experience in golf. Do not let that occur.

A memorial for the 47 Royal Marine Commando that served in “Operation Overload” on D-Day is located listed below the green. Wood crosses and red poppy wreaths surround its base.

Behind it, concrete stairs lead underground to a confined and dark area where German soldiers looked out on the craggy coasts of Normandy through 2 long, narrow slits in the concrete wall utilized for gunners.

As soon as the scene of a bloody World War II attack, I stood where Nazi soldiers attempted and stood to visualize how a location so peaceful and a seaside view so sensational was. I thought of the Allied soldiers on the beach listed below. We existed on 9/11, making the day’s feelings even more effective.

My putter, long forgotten, was resting on the ground someplace by the 6th green. We waved numerous groups through as I cleaned away tears.

It was a stirring begin to our day in Normandy. A golf hole I’ll always remember.

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The Golfweek team leased a home for our two-week stay in Eugene, Ore., to cover the NCAA Championships. The very first night the heat didn’t work.

Mercifully, Eugene Country Club offered a gorgeous release with its rich greens and dynamic flowers. And the action there, well, absolutely nothing except amazing.

Numerous of the males’s groups came out to see Stanford and Washington fight in the females’s last. They stood in wonder at the short-game screen these ladies place on.

One week later on, a crazy Oregon crowd hurried the 10th green after Sulman Raza drained pipes a 6-foot birdie putt on the 3rd playoff hole to offer the Ducks their very first NCAA golf title.

Oregon head coach Casey Martin matured at Eugene Country Club and lives throughout the street from his sibling near the 13th hole. Martin stated he seemed like he remained in a film.

The scene on that 18th green differed from anything else in golf. It felt, one short minute, golf had actually loosened its tie and signed up with the trouble of mainstream college sports.

Cheers to match play.

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Time playing night golf. Time utilizing driverless golf carts.

You check out that properly. Our host at Heasley Nine Bridges, an executive called Dae Yong Kim who demanded us calling him Mr. Kim, purchased steaks for our foursome after 9 holes, which we consumed in a clubhouse so sophisticated it appeared like a museum.

On our method to the 10th tee, I inadvertently dropped the straw that opted for Mr. Kim’s back-nine drink. Prior to we might even get chauffeur from the bag, somebody appeared with a fresh straw. Obviously our caddie had actually radioed in the demand.

The service and focus on information is unrivaled in South Korea. And the food at these high-end clubs, well, it sure beats a hotdog and a bag of Lays.

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When somebody called out my name at LPGA Q-School, I relied on see Emma Talley and her mom, Jennifer, strolling towards me after the 3rd round.

Talley, a U.S. Women’s Amateur and NCAA champ, had actually had a hard time strongly that week.

In exchanging pleasantries I awkwardly asked, “I’m well! How are you?”

I instantly wished to pull the words back into my mouth.

” I’m great,” Talley stated, in her Kentucky drawl. “But my golf video game isn’t really.”.

College caches and psychological masters around the world would applaud Talley for that line. On a deeply frustrating week where Talley stopped working and missed out on the cut to make a trip card, she had the ability to separate who she is from exactly what she does. She was kind.

You will not discover a much better good example.

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When I got word that Barbara Romack passed away, I was on a bus on the other side of the world. Among the excellent characters in the females’s video game, whatever about Romack was sharp– her video game, her gown, her wit. She was a continuous at USGA occasions and provided me the label “Scoop” about a lots years earlier.

Romack beat Mickey Wright in the 1954 U.S. Women’s Amateur and ended up being the very first female golf enthusiast to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1956.

The LPGA honored Romack as a leader in the ladies’s video game at the 2012 Founders Cup, and she opened the speech by keeping in mind that 2 days prior, a golf program on Sirius Radio informed its listeners she was dead.

” It has actually taken a great deal of Scotch to obtain me here,” Romack deadpanned.

Her stories from the old days, like the time her airplane to Palm Beach, Fla., got pirated and flew to Cuba, were treasures. If she had actually won 5 U.S. Women’s Opens, Romack stated she got more press out of that than.

I’ll miss her telephone call.


It’s possible that one might play the attractive hole and entirely miss exactly what might be the most stirring experience in golf. There were so lots of firsts on my journey to South Korea. Time playing night golf. Time utilizing driverless golf carts. One of the fantastic characters in the females’s video game, whatever about Romack was sharp– her video game, her gown, her wit.

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