‘Golf doesn’t define you’: West opens Shaw Charity Classic Week with Clinique for Junior Girls

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Since Michelle V West is one of the sport’s biggest stars, it’s probably no surprise that her two-year-old daughter, Makena, has toy golf clubs in her home.

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Except repairs are currently required.

V West, who stopped in Calgary on Monday to headline Blake Women’s Day at the Shaw Charity Classic, smiled, “She’s definitely broken a few clubs already… tantrum, after missing a couple of times.” “I haven’t put them back together yet because he needs to learn that you can’t break golf clubs.”

It’s not that mom doesn’t understand—and recognize—that competitive spirit.

His smile grows.

“Genetics, you can’t fool them.”

While golf became a serious business for Vie West, who turned out to be a baby phenomenon and collected five trophies on the LPGA Tour, her message to stay positive and stay true to Monday’s special audience of the emerging female birdie-machine focused on living. Self

As the 32-year-old stresses the 15 observant juniors, each invited through Alberta Golf’s high performance program: “Your score doesn’t define you. Golf doesn’t define you. It’s just a thing you do. Huh.”

That message will live with Calgary’s Georgia Barr, who is now preparing for the 2022 Canada Summer Games and then headed south to begin her collegiate career at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.

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Barr, 17, a member of Glenco, was asked about her biggest takeaway from the 45-minute clinic and chit-chat with the 2014 US Women’s Open champion.

“Golf doesn’t have to define me, and I’m allowed to live life,” Barr replied. “As much as I love the sport and want to pursue it, it’s okay to be my own person and not let golf and golf competitions define who I am.”

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Those words have an added effect when they come from one of the biggest names in the game.

“Yeah, especially from him, being that legend,” Barr nodded.

Michelle Y West taking a shot during Blake Women's Day at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club on Monday, August 1, 2022.
Michelle Y West taking a shot during Blake Women’s Day at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club on Monday, August 1, 2022. Photo by Darren Makovichuk ,postmedia

Wie West recently announced that it is taking an indefinite break from competitive action. She told youth at Canyon Meadows – earlier in the day, she addressed nearly 100 businesspeople and community leaders before heading to the course – that she teased it last weekend for the first time in more than a month, though you could ‘ No rust was seen when someone asked him to detonate a driver.

He sent a yellow practice ball flying in the air. The juniors kept an eye on its flight, their eyes wide as the titleists.

“It’s great to see that,” wondered Sidney Bisgrove, who was just 16 years old. “I mean, you see it on TV. She’s known as one of the best players in the world. So that was awesome.”

Y West, who set the youngest records of all types, represented America in the Solheim Cup five times and also made eight starts on the PGA Tour, shared some technical tips on Monday, but mostly questions about the game’s mental challenges. Did it

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She suggested that it might be helpful to have a favorite song stuck in your head during tournaments and encouraged the girls to sing as they strolled down the fairway.

She revealed that after posting a disappointing score, she used to watch horror movies to divert her attention from golf.

She offered advice on balancing homework and practice, managing the pressure of trying to make the cut, and insisting that sometimes during a funk it feels like you’ll never hit another good shot,” It’s really not that far away, and don’t forget that.”

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Afterwards, Wie West posed for photographs and signed the headcover. Her presence will be one of the highlights of a busy week at Canyon Meadows. Fred Couples, John Daly, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Mike Weir and the rest of the PGA Tour Champions are now arriving for the tuneup and pro-am rounds, with the 10th anniversary edition of the Shaw Charity Classic running Friday-Sunday.

“He’s one of my idols, so it’s great to meet him,” said Bisgrove, a member of Canyon Meadows in V West. “It’s nice to meet someone with whom I feel like I share a lot in psychic. And I think that’s the way she deals with the way she deals with things.” That’s why he was good.

“It’s hard to believe someone who has a completely different skill level than me – he’s obviously a much better, really good player – deals with pressure in the same way.”

Michelle Y West helps start the Shaw Charity Classic Week during Blake Women's Day at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club on Monday, August 1, 2022.
Michelle Y West helps start the Shaw Charity Classic Week during Blake Women’s Day at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club on Monday, August 1, 2022. Photo by Darren Makovichuk ,postmedia

Before flying back to California, where Makena was waiting for mom, V West was hoping her words of wisdom would extend far beyond how to do more birdies and parse cards.

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“The biggest feeling I want is to know who you are and not to be afraid of your uniqueness, and not to be afraid of mistakes,” she said. “They think, I guess, because I am who I am, that I’ve never made a mistake and that I don’t do anything silly. But you know, I’m a human — and that’s okay.”

chip shots: Some local pros – Darryl James (National Golf Academy) and Kent Fukushima (Redwood Meadows) – feature in the field of Tuesday’s Shaw Charity Classic qualifiers in Elbow Springs. The two advanced through the pre-qualifiers at Valley Ridge last week… Stephen Cox, director of instruction at Calgary G&CC, won bragging rights at the PGA of Alberta’s Ping Club Pro Championship in River Bend. Cox signed for a two-round tab at 5-under 139, edged out James and Scott Styles (Earl Grey) in one stroke… Calgary’s Jesse Galvone (Heritage Point) slammed Alberta Men’s mid into dramatic fashion. – Won the amateur championship, completing three laps. Highwood’s at 7-under 206. It proved to be a heartbreak for Medicine Hat’s Ryan Vere, who had a two-stroke lead on the final hole of his golf ball before hitting a tree and not falling back to ground level… Brenda Predis at the Greens Heyink of Camrose was crowned champion at the Alberta Senior Ladies Championship. Heyink remained two ahead of the pack on 12-over 228.

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