Whitworth, Pepper and a can of hairspray

The 72 girls who make it into the field at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational (to be played March 15-17) each year get more than just a few days of excellent golf at Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. With Whitworth roaming the grounds as tournament host, players can’t help but leave with a little more understanding of the history of women’s golf than when they arrived.

One of the best parts of participating in the tournament might be listening to Whitworth speak at the tournament banquet. And you’d better believe story time with Whitworth isn’t all serious.

The 88-time LPGA winner said she likes to share a few of the lessons she’s learned along the way, but also tries hard to come up with good stories to tell. Her favorite involves Jack Nicklaus, Dottie Pepper and a can of hairspray.

As Whitworth tells it, several years ago she was invited to Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial tournament as his honoree. When Dottie Pepper introduced her, Pepper mentioned something Whitworth had never known about herself.

“I was totally unaware of it, but she said, ‘We used to know that if Whit’s hair moved, it was a two-club wind,’” Whitworth said.

Whitworth went on to explain that because she didn’t wear a hat, she just wanted her hair to stay put while she was playing, and so she used plenty of hairspray.

“If I had known that I could have really screwed their game up,” Whitworth added with a laugh.

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