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US Women’s Open: Juggling a pro golf career when you’re a Mom

Twenty years in the past, that is precisely what beginner Brenda Corrie-Kuehn — eight months pregnant — did on the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club alongside enjoying accomplice Jennifer Greggain, who was properly into her second trimester.

Yet the mother-of-three completed with a birdie and defied her obstetrician-gynecologist, who thought she was too near the due date to be on a golf course in 80-degree warmth.

“I stated to her: ‘Over my useless physique.’ I certified for this, I labored exhausting to get there, I’m going to play,” Corrie-Kuehn informed CNN Sport.

Every week later, daughter Rachel was born, and her 56-year-old mother may have impressed others to hold on dwelling life when your tummy and your docs are telling you no.

Corrie-Kuehn tees off during the first round of the 56th U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina, on Thursday, May 31, 2001.

“It was not fairly. I do not keep in mind what I did, however there’s a level in direction of the tip of your being pregnant the place you simply get large in a short time,” stated the nine-time US Open veteran.

“I believe that occurred between the time of qualifying for the Open and the precise occasion itself, and it is exhausting to fireside the hips with the added weight, so my swing modified and I could not hit it very far. But I used to be glad to be there.

“Lots of people requested me: ‘How may you play that means?’ What I used to be attempting to point out was it is a part of life. I had some bodily restrictions and after the US Open I performed in a cart at dwelling earlier than Rachel was born.

“What I used to be attempting to point out was simply because you’re pregnant, and until you’ve gotten a medical situation, you are able to do the identical belongings you did earlier than you had been pregnant and after you ship. That was my message.”

With such {golfing} genes — Corrie-Kuehn’s mom was a Venezuelan nationwide champion and so was her dad — it is little marvel Rachel adopted in her mother’s footsteps to the famend Wake Forest University in North Carolina the place she additionally excels at golf, narrowly lacking out on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur finale at Augusta earlier this 12 months.

She has probably the most avid supporter in her mother, whose recommendation for any pregnant golfer is to observe how lengthy you spend working towards on the greens.

“It affected my distance a lot. Imagine having a 30-pound ball in entrance of you and attempting to fireside your hips, you’ll lose your stability. So my swing turned very armsy and rhythmical.

“But there is no cause for the quick recreation to not be good — though you can not sit and follow your placing for a very long time as a result of your again kills you.”

Strong mothers

Three-time main champion Nancy Lopez has three daughters and gained occasions whereas pregnant within the Eighties and Nineties.

In 2003, France’s Patricia Meunier-Lebouc performed the Solheim Cup 4 months pregnant, taking some helpful recommendation from Carin Koch, the Swede having performed the 2002 competitors at 12 weeks.

In 2005, Laura Diaz and Iben Tinning met within the biennial competitors, American Diaz six months pregnant and Dane Tinning 16 weeks.

In the world of lengthy drive championships, Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk turned the primary competitor within the discipline to throw her added weight into the largest drives within the recreation.

In flip, she impressed five-times world champion Sandra Carlborg from Sweden, who was pummeling 300+ yard drives within the 2019 event when she was 24 weeks pregnant together with her daughter Ebba.

“We had a medical tent as a result of it was extremely popular that day, the medical man was cooling me down with ice between units,” Carlborg informed CNN.

“I felt protected and he stated: ‘As lengthy as you are feeling good, it is okay.’ I promised him if I felt something uncomfortable, I’d cease competing,” stated the 37-year-old, who hit 80 balls at full tilt that day and whose longest drive is 401 yards, 5 shy of the world file.

Now anticipating her second daughter, due in September, Carlborg has used the Covid-19 lockdowns to start out a podcast known as PowerMamas in Sweden to assist empower new moms.

Carlborg plays a shot.

“I’m getting weaker and weaker once more so I’m actually trying ahead to coming again as a sturdy athlete for subsequent 12 months. My purpose is to be my strongest me — stronger than I’ve ever been and swing it quicker than I ever have.

“Many folks say ladies are stronger after they have been a mother.”

Carlborg will get a few of her constructive outlook from the way in which her sponsors initially took the information she was having her first child.

“It’s a large distinction these days. I used to be very nervous when I informed my sponsors I used to be pregnant with Ebba, questioning what they had been going to say, however I believe that is been a large change up to now few years, in all sports activities.

“I’m comfortable that we stay not like 10-15 years in the past, folks at all times used to say: ‘When you’ve gotten children. you’re out of your sport.’ I hope extra women are pondering that having children will not cease them from being a high-level athlete.”

Former Great Britain rower Baz Moffat based the Well HQ earlier in 2021 with two docs — considered one of whom, Dr Emma Ross, has written a chapter on ladies and pregnancies in golf as a part of a feminine athlete well being e book.

“Pregnancy and post-natal restoration in sport is a actually, actually new factor. Brenda is a actual one-off,” Moffat informed CNN.

“It’s solely actually since Serena Williams in 2014 that this has grow to be extra of a factor, by way of extra ladies sandwiching in kids inside their careers — versus simply pushing their careers proper up till the purpose they need to have kids and that being the primary cause they retire from sport.”

Mother-of-two Moffat, who skilled with the Great Britain Olympic staff between 2004-08, stated the change has been huge from her day as an elite athlete publish the Beijing Games.

“I do not suppose there have been any mothers on the earth of worldwide sport again then. A couple of folks tried to depart, have kids and are available again once more, inside a four-year cycle, however the assist programs weren’t there.

“If the primary cause ladies are leaving their sport early is to have kids, how can we assist them all through that? It’s not good now, however there are examples of ladies doing it fantastically.”

Laura Diaz shelters from the sun on the fifth hole during the friday morning foursomes matches in the 2005 Solheim Cup.

Even par in the future, a little birdie the subsequent

Back at Wake Forest University, Kuehn’s teammate Emilia Migliaccio is the discuss of US beginner golf after making the playoff at Augusta however shedding to a clutch par from 17-year-old Japanese star Tsubasa Kajitani.

Like Kuehn, her mother too was a good expertise. Ulrika Migliaccio represented the University of Arizona and likewise performed alongside fellow Swede and 10-time main winner Annika Sorenstam.

So when Ulrika donned the well-known white Augusta boiler swimsuit to caddie for her daughter in April, it made Emilia gush with satisfaction as she thought again to her mother as a golfer, not least enjoying the sport pregnant.

“I believe the day earlier than my mother had me, she performed a spherical of golf and shot even par,” the 22-year-old informed CNN, a big smile breaking out throughout her face.

“She was enjoying with two males who checked out one another and stated: ‘Really? We’re enjoying this pregnant woman?’ Then she completely tore it up!”

Migliaccio her caddie and mom, Ulrika after losing on the first playoff hole to Tsubasa Kajitani during the Augusta National Women's Amateur tournament.

Migliaccio grew up aspiring to play sport professionally, has rubbed shoulders on staff occasions with the likes of Patty Tavatanakit, Collin Morikawa, Jennifer Kupcho and Viktor Hovland and performs the sport to a stage most individuals can solely dream about.

Yet she has determined to comply with her mother’s footsteps in not becoming a member of the skilled ranks.

“She did not actually like dwelling out of a suitcase, and determined the skilled monitor wasn’t going to be for her. When I used to be questioning my career path, my mother shared her expertise and she or he’s given me a lot of steering.”

Like Ulrika Migliaccio that day on the course, Carlborg has a lesson for some male golfers too.

“Back in 2019, when I used to be 30 weeks pregnant, I used to be telling guys at an occasion to not complain about their large stomachs, they don’t seem to be stopping you hitting it far!

“So hopefully I can encourage a lot of individuals from being pregnant.”

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