A rookie year on any professional tour is supposed to be an exhausting one that only a young person can handle, but things have changed considerably on the LPGA Tour, where Montreal’s Lisa Meldrum and Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C., are in their first years.
Due to sparse LPGA schedule, Meldrum, a three-time Canadian amateur champion, and Richdale have played just three events so far this year and aren’t scheduled to play again until June, when each is expecting to play more frequently.
However, both are only expecting to play about 14 tournaments in 2010, down by about 10 from what a rookie might expect just a few years ago.
Both are taking a good attitude as they face this dilemma, pointing out that they have to work with what they’ve got. I talked with each of them for my golf column in Sun Media newspapers. You can read it here.