It's Springtime in the World of Golf

Magnolias are blooming all over Augusta, and out west in Palm Springs, the Lake of Champions becons.

The season's first majors are about to begin and for me, up here in still chilly Connecticut, this is the symbolic start of spring. That "official start" a couple of weeks ago didn't mean much to most New Englanders as it's remained largely cold and gray.

But that's changing. The sun's out and our course, Richter Park, opened today, though it was far to blustery to venture out. Tomorrow perhaps, if the wind dies down, but in any case I now feel the worst of the weather is over, and I'm ready to start my CT golf season.

The girls of the LPGA are already gathered at Mission Hills Country Club for the Kraft Nabisco Tournament which begins tomorrow. One of them will get wet on Sunday when she plunges victoriously into Poppys' Pond. All the big money's on amazing Lorena Ochoa who, admittedly, seems unbeatable. That's definitely the consensus at Golf For Women, though not everyone predicting a Lorena win. There are just so many stellar players, and golf is so unpredictable that it's really anyone's guess. Defending champion Morgan Pressel is my pick, despite her recent struggles. She obviously plays the course well and I have a feeling she's just yearning to get back into the Lake of Champions.

I know I'm not conventional, but I think we'll be seeing some soggy RL golf clothes on Sunday.