How Hall Stays Grounded Through Sudden Stardom
Steve Eubanks contributed reporting for this story from Orlando, Fla.
There were more fans lining the ropes of the driving range at the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando than at any non-major on the LPGA schedule, and more media in attendance. One hundred forty credentialed press to be precise. You would like to think that some at least of all these people were there for the past champions of the last two LPGA seasons, though, from the cheers and camera clicks, you had to suspect that the host of celebrities in the field probably had the edge in terms of appeal.
Oblivious to it all, Georgia Hall strode onto the range with her fiancé-cum-caddie, Harry Tyrrell. The two were smiling and speaking to friends they hadn’t seen since November – until it was time to get down to work. At which point, the 22-year-old Englishwoman found herself a spot and didn’t notice that a couple of the more popular celebrity men, a chap named Mark Rypien and another named Tom Glavine, had negotiated their warm-up spots to be on either side of her. Glavine, a left-hander and Hall-of-Fame pitcher, timed his hitting to see every one of Hall’s swings. Rypien, an American football quarterback who was a Super Bowl most valuable player, did likewise from the other side.
They might as well have been any Tom, Dick or Harry from Hall's perspective. She knew neither of them. However, it wouldn’t have mattered if she’d been surro...
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