Thursday, July 23, 2009
BEDMINSTER, N.J. – What do you do when the ride ends at the U.S. Girls' Junior? You start looping.
Two players knocked out in match play, Annie Park and Daniela Lendl, loaded their friend’s bags on their backs to go an additional 18 today – and in the rain, no less.
Lendl, who carried for Alison Lee in her match against Amy Anderson, got the invitation over lunch, and after checking with her parents, had the foresight to grab some extra towels before heading out the door.
“I didn’t read any putts for her – she knows how to read putts. I carried the bag, got yardages and kept her clubs dry when it was pouring,” Lendl said.
Lendl got experience when she was younger caddying for her Dad, but still said she mostly let Lee play her own game.
“We tried to keep it somewhat serious, but we had fun,” she said.
Park, who lost to Nicole Zhang, 3 and 1, in the round of 64 caddied for Kimberly Kim in today’s rounds. The serious factor came in to play for this duo also, but there was plenty of ribbing and laughter during the drive from Kim’s final hole back to the clubhouse after a long 37 holes of golf.