Planet Golf — 26 June 2012 by Bob Sherwin
Melissa Reid triumphs amid tragedy

Melissa Reid, a 24-year-old professional golfer from England, accomplished something over the weekend that few of us could do – or would want to do.

She won on the Ladies European Tour, capturing the Prague Golf Masters by a shot in her first start since her mother, Joy, died May 23 from injuries resulting from the crash. It happened as she and Reid’s father, Brian, were returning from watching Melissa play. Her father also suffered injuries.

“The golfing world, it is like a family to me,” she said. “It really did touch me that all the players, they all lined up while I was going to get my scorecard. It was very, very special and very emotional.”

She made her comments on the Golf Channel’s ‘Morning Drive.’ Here is that story.

 

 

 

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Bob grew up in Cleveland, an underdog city with perennial underdog teams, and that gave him an appreciation and an affinity for the grinders in golf, guys such as Rocco Mediate, Jhonattan Vegas and star-crossed John Daly. This is the 46th year for Bob as a sportswriter, the first 34 working for newspapers throughout the west, Tucson (Daily Star), San Francisco (Examiner) and Seattle (Times), and the past 10 years as a freelancer. He has covered just about every sport, including golf tournaments, Tucson Open, Bing Crosby/AT&T Pro-Am, the 1998 PGA Championship, the 2010 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 U.S. Amateur the 2015 U.S. Open and the annual Champions Tour Boeing Classic. He also writes articles for golf magazines. For most of his 20 years at the Seattle Times his primary beat was the Mariners. He then picked up Washington men’s basketball in the winter. He also was the beat writer for the Sonics, including 1996 when they played the Bulls for the NBA title. After a lifetime hacking on public courses, he finally gave in and joined a country club in 2011, the Members Club of Aldarra near Seattle. Despite (or perhaps because) of his 14 handicap, he won the ‘Super Senior” (65 and older) championship in 2017. He has a pair of aces – 37 years apart – and in 2009 came agonizingly close to his ultimate golf goal of scoring in the 70s when he finished with an even 80. He lives in Seattle, and spends part of his winters in Marco Island, Fla.

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