Palli, Anne Marie
Panton Lewis, Catherine
Shanahan Rowe, Laura
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Laura finished 2nd in 10 LPGA events on the Tour. She was the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 1973. Credits her family as having the most influence on her career. Was named Golf Digest’s 1972 Most Beautiful Golfer and 1971 Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year. Gave birth to daughter Chelsea on July 23, 1982, son Eric James on June 12, 1988, daughter Haley on April 28, 1990, son Robert on March 13, 1992, son Michael John in Nov. 1993, daughter Evita Beau on April 4, 1995, and daughter Jamie Lee on Aug. 27, 1997. Began working as a television announcer in 2000.
Q: What clubs do you play?
A: Callaway woods and irons, Vokey wedges and a Callaway putter. Just started using the new Callaway ball.
Q: What's the best part of your game?
A: Have always been fairly long and accurate off the tee. My long irons are the best part of my game - I still have a 3-iron in my bag, which is now a rarity. I used to play 1 and 2-irons all the time.
Q: How often do you practice?
A: When preparing for a tournament, I practice five days a week and always spend the weekends with the kids (Laura has seven children - ages 18, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6 and 3, four girls and three boys). Usually I play two to three times a week. If I'm not getting ready for an event, I'll practice three times a week.
Q: How did you feel when you won your first professional tournament?
A: I've never won on the LPGA Tour - I've placed 2nd 10 times! But I have won a number of professional events; my first was a mini tour event, and I held a 6 shot lead going into the final hole. There were a few ladies from the LPGA Tour there following me and being very supportive - it was a lot of fun.
Q: What do you like most about the Women's Senior Golf Tour?
A: I admire the way the women on the WSGT conduct themselves - how they interact with the gallery and really involve people. They are having fun. They have enthusiasm, and this explains why events like the one in Green Bay (Great Lakes Classic) are so well-attended. The fans love it, and the players appreciate the opportunity to continue to compete, to show their love for the game of golf. It's more than a game, and these players know that - it's developing friendships and memories for life. It's great to be part of that.