ORLANDO, FLORIDA | A steady, cold rain was falling on the weekend at the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions. Players donned wool beanies, tried their best to swing beneath all the extra layers, and blew hot air into their icy hands, trying to maintain any semblance of feel. The GPS said Orlando. Outdoors it felt as if a Green Bay Packers game was about to commence. At Lambeau, no less.
Funny, but Ryann O’Toole, a California surfer who now makes a home in Arizona, didn’t seem the least bit deterred or disappointed. A third-round 75 on the way to a 13th-place finish bounced off her like a raindrop off Gore-Tex. She had worked a lifetime to get here, to finally squeeze past the bouncers and through the door at the LPGA’s winners-only party. A little attitude from Mother Nature wasn’t going to dampen hers.
“I was thinking, ‘OK, maybe it’s time that I start that next chapter in life.’ And then I threw a win in there. So now I’m not ready (to walk away), ...” – Ryann O’Toole
“Winning has brought a lot of perk...
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