Get Golf Ready? Meade shows she is ready
After six lessons with PGA Professional Suzy Whaley in a Get Golf Ready program, HLN's Robin Meade played the PGA Grand Slam on Monday. Was she 'golf ready?' You bet she was.
By Josh Ball, PGA.com Contributor
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- Some golfers go a lifetime without getting a hole-in-one. On Monday, HLN's Robin Meade came within inches of achieving an ace during only the third round of her fledgling career.
A newcomer to the game, the anchor of "Morning Express with Robin Meade" played in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf Pro-Am at Port Royal and must be wondering what all the fuss is about.
Six lessons in and she's already draining 15-foot putts for birdie. And she came within inches of putting a 1 on her scorecard at the picturesque par-3 eighth hole.
And she topped all that off by being part of the winning Pro-Am team, alongside TNT golf analyst Ian Baker-Finch, PGA Professional Suzy Whaley (who is also her teacher), PGA of america Vice President Ted Bishop and Bermudian banker Andy Burrows, who shot a 54 to take the title.
And all this within sight of Masters champion Bubba Watson. Any doubts Meade might have had about the game have gone, she's hooked.
"It was amazing," Meade said through a wide smile. "Just amazing. And Bubba (Watson) was there! And the crowd noise ... to be honest with you, I was just happy to connect with the ball. I mean, this is only the third time I’ve ever been on a golf course. Six lessons total."
Not content with setting up a tap-in birdie by hitting her hybrid 5-iron to within an inch of the hole, Meade wanted more. And she now knows what keeps scores of golfers coming back to the course week after week.
“How greedy we get! Here I am just happy to connect with the ball, relieved, then you hear the crowd noise and you just want more," she said. "You want more. The feeling you get when you make contact with the ball ... it’s relief ... and the sounds it makes, that crack. I’m addicted to that crack!”
Watson had given Meade a few pointers on the tee and was taken with how much the newcomer had already taken to the game.
"Yes, my first lesson under the gun with a camera and fans watching, and she almost made a hole-in-one," said Watson. "She knocked it to two feet, three feet. I think I did pretty good. If they were all like that, I would make tons of money.
"It's nice to see someone of her stature come over here and love to play the game of golf and learn it late in life," Watson added. "She was walking down the fairways telling me how much she loves it and how much she enjoys learning something new. It's nice to see. … She played a lot better than her third time out on the course, and especially when I instructed her really good."
Whaley, who has been guiding Meade through her first steps in the game as part of a Get Golf Ready video series on PGA.com, was delighted with her pupil's display.
“She been a superstar all day,” Whaley said. “She made that putt on No. 6, a 15-footer for birdie, and the shot on 8 was amazing. She’s contributed all day long.
“Overall, her consistency, for only having six lessons and this being only her third time on a golf course, has been great. And the crowd just loves her.”
Whaley hopes that Meade's performance, and the interest it is certain to generate, will encourage more women to take up the sport.
“I hope what this does is show women, no matter how many times they’ve played, that they can play in a scramble format and not be intimidated,” Whaley said. “I hope that Robin and our Get Golf Ready program will really show women that they can play golf and they can have a great time.”