Babies & Birdies: Daycare development opens door for LPGA baby boom

When Juli Inkster’s youngest daughter, Cori, ran a particularly high fever in Portland, Oregon, sometime in the late 1990s, the pro did what any mom would do: took her to the emergency room. The doctors put Cori, who was around 3 years old at the time, on an IV and ran tests for meningitis. Inkster got her daughter back to bed around 6 a.m., then headed to the golf course for her 8:45 a.m. tee time.

Guess who showed up on the first tee?

The E.R. doctor that had looked after Cori.

“I figured if you had to stay up all night,” he said, “I can stay up.”

The doc followed Inkster for nine holes.

LPGA moms are like most working moms: totally relatable in their super-hero balancing skills. Only these moms work in the spotlight. Everyday things like swollen ankles, breast-feeding and diaper changes become news conference fodder. The player’s career takes a backseat to the child, and the world becomes captivated by the notion that a woman can be everything to everyone: wife, mom, athlete, caretaker and entertainer.

Baby boom all the rage for LPGA

As the tour skewed younger and younger, the number of moms on the LPGA began to lessen. But now starting a family is all the rage again on tour.


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