I just returned from a week in Tucson managing the inaugural Women's Senior National Invitational, a Legends Tour event played at Tucson National. I'll write another post about the event, but wanted to share a fantastic opportunity I had. I met Kathy Whitworth when she got in town for a post-event party Sunday night, and was able to chat with her for about 20 minutes at a private outing the next day.
She is as outgoing and personable as ever, and a great ambassador for women's golf and golf in general. She plays in outings and with friends, not competitively these days. She even told me she worries sometimes that she'll disappoint her playing partners because they might expect too much from her! I told her I felt sure anyone would be honored to meet her, much less play golf with her.
I mentioned to her that I read a Ron Sirak article in Golf Digest last year that really emphasized what a truly great career she had. Everyone knows about her 88 wins, but Sirak pointed out that she also had 95 second-place finishes! Incredible. She told me that fact really stood out to her, too -- that she'd never thought about all those times she came in second.
I am thrilled to have met her. What a woman.