Congratulations to Brittany Lang!!! For those of you who do not know (shame on you), Brittany won her first LPGA event this past week in Canada, on the fourth play-off hole! Nothing like stretching out the tension on yourself!
Brittany is but one more example of how difficult it is for even highly skilled players to “break through” and win. You might remember that she finished second, as an amateur, in the 2004 US Women’s Open. And, after graduating from Duke, she went on to qualify for the LPGA. But…there are a lot of rounds between 2004 and 2012. Maybe others would have given up but Brittany believed in herself and kept “going to work” every week. Those of us on the outside sometimes forget that that is what it really is when you play on tour—you go to work. Some days are good, some are not, and many are just work!
So let’s celebrate with her. Celebrate dedication. Celebrate stick-to-it-ness. Celebrate a fine athlete being rewarded for excellent play! And you know who is probably celebrating as much as Brittany? Anyone who’s ever gone to or cheer for Duke! With its stellar history of collegiate women’s champion golf teams, the University has never had a professional winner! We will all be reminded next week when the Women’s Open returns to Blackwolf Run of the well-fought playoff between Se Ri Pak and Jenny Chuasiriporn, who at the time was still at Duke.
Who knows, maybe this time the Blue Devils will prevail and Brittany Lang will be holding that Open trophy come July 8…you know, once a spell is broken…..