This thought-provoking statement by NZ Golf high performance manager Gregg Thorpe was included in an article by Dana Johannsen, "Golf: Top golfer overlooked for tournament". And the story goes that, "Chantelle Cassidy, who won the New Zealand amateur championship in April, was not named in the New Zealand team for the Espirito Santo tournament, considered the pinnacle event in women's amateur golf. Cassidy missed out to Mun Chin Keh (Titirangi) and Julianne Alvarez (Manor Park), ranked one and two in the New Zealand Order of Merit respectively, and US-based Zoe-Beth Brake."
New Zealand's best after Lydia Ko
"I wouldn't say I was comfortable with the decision, I'm never comfortable when New Zealand's best women's golfer behind Lydia Ko misses out, but we accept the decision."
To quote Chantelle's coach Geoff Pitman and who also said that Chantelle did not want to appeal the decision to the Sports Tribunal, as it would be negative for the sport, but he questioned the criteria the selectors applied.
Brake better of at Ohio State
As to the, "US-based Zoe-Beth Brake" Dana advises her readers that Ms Brake plays college golf for Ohio State University. Although it must be added with due respect to the New Zealand high-performance system Zoe did benefit from their system in and around 2010.
For sure it worked for Stephanie
Like most avid bloggers I also keep an eye on what's happening in ladies' golf and was thrilled to read about Stephanie Meadow who came out of nowhere to finish solo third at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship at Pinehurst Number 2
James Corrigan at the Telegraph writes, "Meadow arrived in North Carolina without any sponsors, without an agent even, and, most worryingly, without any status on any Tours. But by finishing third, in don’t forget what was not just her pro debut in a major but any competition, she built herself a tremendous platform for her new career."
For sure Stephanie didn't have any sponsors but guess what? Stephanie played college golf at the University of Alabama and set records that might never be broken.
Alas my daughter never bought into playing golf although she did get her PhD while living in the States and you'd better believe, if she had shown any talent as a golfer she would have been encouraged to play college golf.
Here's the link to Dana and to James
Quote of the Day
"Meadow was a brilliant amateur, who was ear-marked for the top when she moved to America as a 14-year-old, and if she had been male there would have been absolutely no financial pressure as the backers swooped." - James Corrigan