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 JillMcGill.com.
Turned pro: 1994
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Residence: San Diego, California
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 LPGA.com and Sterling Sports Management.)