No fanfare, no cheers, no protests and very little notice: President Trump and the First Lady, Melania Trump, arrived at Trump National Bedminster in a steady rain about the time tournament leader Shanshan Feng tapped in for par on the eighth hole of her second round.
The fact that President Trump spends most summer weekends at his New Jersey course aside, it is the first time a sitting United States president has attended a women’s major championship. A presidential booth beside the clubhouse and behind the 16th tee awaits the Trumps, who rolled in a few minutes before 4 p.m. EDT on Friday.
“Regardless of your political affiliation and whether you are a fan of Trump or you’re not a fan of Trump, having a president at a women’s golf event is pretty remarkable,” said New Jersey native Marina Alex, who shot 70 on Friday to enter the weekend at 3-under par. “It’s going to draw attention to women’s golf that has maybe never been in our favor before.”
Certainly, more media attention will be on the event as a gaggle of domestic and international reporters follow the President’s every move.
“We have an unbelievable group of talented women playing golf right now,” Alex said about an hour before Trump arrived. “If it’s allowing more people to see us play our game, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”