Dorothy Delasin, gracious in defeat

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Dorothy Delasin, with her caddie's help, lines up a putt at LPGA Q-School.

Dorothy Delasin gets the My-Day-Stunk-But-I’ll-Still-Talk media award for the year. I needed to interview Delasin for a couple assignments that were due sometime yesterday, and she was gracious enough to discuss all topics, including her opening 90 at LPGA Q-School. 

Yes, 90.

“I think I lost eight balls in the water today,” said Delasin, who hadn’t been to Daytona Beach since she received her Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award in 2000.

Not many players would be so amicable after such a round. To say 2009 was a rough year for Delasin would be a massive understatement. She failed to make a cut in 16 events. 

There was no injury. She simply couldn’t control her golf ball off the tee. Even the par 3s.

“If there was a chipping and putting contest, I’d win every week,” cracked Delasin, who won both the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur.

“Maybe I should just aim for the water, then it won’t go in.”

How many amateurs have uttered those sad words?

The 29-year-old first came to Q-School 10 years ago and finished tied for fourth. She went on to win an LPGA event her rookie year at age 19 and recorded two more victories the following year. 

Things started going downhill when she tried to gain more consistency by switching swing coaches. Prior to that her father, Arsenio, had been her only instructor.

“If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it,” she said.

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