Thursday, March 5

LPGA Tour Player Jill McGill Coming to ARMCHAIR GOLF

JILL MCGILL HAD JUST FINISHED her workout when she called late last week. The LPGA Tour veteran told me many people have no idea what it’s like to travel on tour and play tournament golf week in and week out.

“There’s a love affair with this idea that you just get off a plane and go play 18 holes,” Jill said. Yet that’s far from reality.

Great news: We’re going to get a true picture. Jill is going to contribute regular first-hand accounts at ARMCHAIR GOLF about life on the LPGA Tour. Not only will we get an inside look at the top women’s tour, we’ll get to know Jill, a self-described “free spirit” who takes golf seriously but also has many other interests.

Jill told me she has been preparing hard for the 2009 season. She is playing in her second event this week, the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. Jill’s first contribution to ARMCHAIR GOLF is expected soon after she returns from the Far East.

You can learn more about Jill by visiting

McGill File
Turned pro: 1994
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Residence: San Diego, California
College: USC
Career earnings: $2.2 million
Career best finish: 2nd
Career best round: 63
Amateur career highlights:
• Two-time All-American at USC
• 1993 U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion
• 1994 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Champion
• 1994 U.S. Curtis Cup Team member

Notes: Jill has also been an on-course commentator for the Golf Channel, ABC, TNT and ESPN. Her caddie is her husband, Patrick, who also happens to be a marathoner.

−The Armchair Golfer

(Photos courtesy of and Sterling Sports Management.)


Heather Kerrigan said...

I love the idea of hearing first hand what it's like to be on tour. How else will I be able to decide if I really want to go for it? ;o)

Looking forward to Ms. McGill's posts.

Patricia Hannigan said...

Jill is such a charismatic player, and having spent quite a bit of time with a couple LPGA ladies of late, I've seen the realities of life on tour and have been amazed by how difficult it is. I look forward to reading Jill's accounts.

The Armchair Golfer said...

Heather: Yeah, I wouldn't want you to get out on the LPGA Tour without knowing what you're getting in to. (smile)

Patricia: I think it will be pretty neat to get to know Jill and the LPGA Tour during the 09 season. It's certainly not golf as the average golfer knows it.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to know what it's really like on tour. You do kind of build an image of swanky hotels and top class courses.

I suppose it's different in real life, the grass is always greener on the other side!

Really looking forward to Jill McGill's take on things!