A spot for golf, in the name of inclusion with two Swedish golf stars such as Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson not only as ambassadors but also as protagonists of the Scandinavian Mixed, a new tournament of the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
Scandinavian Mixed, preview
In Gothenburg, Sweden, from tomorrow to Sunday (10-13 June) 156 competitors will take the field on the Vallda Golf and Country Club course: 78 men and 78 women who will compete for a single prize pool (1,000,000 euros) and a single trophy.
Just as the ranking will be unique. An innovation that aims at change, a novelty that will guarantee official points as regards the male and female world ranking. But also for the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. And again: the Race to Dubai and the Race to Costa del Sol, respectively ranked by the Eurotour and the Ladies European Tour.
There will be 4 blues on the field: from Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso to Renato Paratore, from Francesco Laporta to Lorenzo Gagli. Fundamental match for Paratore. In 177 / o place in the world ranking, the Italian player dreams of a great result to try to overtake Francesco Molinari (167 / o in the world ranking) and take the pass for the Tokyo Games whose qualifications will end on 21 June (immediately after the US Open, from 17 to 20 June in California, where Chicco Molinari will compete with two other Azzurri, Guido Migliozzi and Edoardo Molinari).
For the first time in 13 years, Annika Sorenstam, who boasts 89 career victories around the world (including 10 majors), will return to play in her country. With her, “host” of the competition, Henrik Stenson, Olympic vice-champion at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.
Alena Sharp is a 16-year LPGA Tour veteran and Olympic athlete from Canada. He wrote an article for the LPGA web site. “I’ve been married to my wife Sarah Bowman, who is also my caddie, since November of 2020 and our union is more accepted now than at any point in history.
People view us now as married people. We’re the couple, just like any other. That’s a big jump from just a few years ago and lightyears from where society was when I was a kid. I’m 40 now and have been on the LPGA Tour for 16 years.
When I was a rookie, my friends and family knew that I was gay. But it wasn’t something that I publicized. I didn’t want to alienate any potential sponsors and didn’t want to put any of my existing sponsors in an awkward spot.
I wasn’t closeted. I just lived my life quietly, keeping my orientation out of the public eye. Even that was better than the way society viewed us when I was young. I noticed when I was 15 years old that I was finding women more attractive than men.
I tried not to think about it, but it was always there. My last year of junior golf, when I was 17, I realized it more. It’s hard because you’re a kid and having feelings that you don’t understand. But who can you tell? I was raised Catholic where the teachings were clear: is a sin.
My grandparents and parents went to Mass and followed the precepts of their faith, so I couldn’t talk to them. I already knew what the priests would say. And this isn’t exactly a conversation that you have with teenaged friends.
Then when I went to college. I was really confused because I was dating men and afraid to date a woman. I knew I wanted to; I knew by then that I was strongly attracted to women, but at that time there was an inherent fear. A fear of rejection; a fear of discrimination; a fear of being shut out and closed off from the relationships that mattered most to me at the time.
And there was, at times, a palpable fear of physical harm. There were still parts of the United States and Canada where you could be assaulted because of your orientation. So, in addition to all the other things a college freshman goes through, I battled all those questions, feeling, and fears”