Guest Author - Letta Meinen
This months Golf For Women magazine featured Cheryl Ladd on the cover titled Plays Like an Angel. On page 92 is an article about her called The Real Deal as many celebrities talk a good game but Cheryl really plays. In this article Cheryl talks about her experiences in playing golf in Pro-Am’s, with other celebrities plus she is promoting her new book “Token Chick”.
Cheryl has been playing golf for over 20 years and playing in celebrity tournaments. She was asked how she got started and she recalled it was in 1983 when she took up the game and found she was playing a lot. She stated that at the time Dinah Shore was about the only woman celebrity who was playing golf. Her first tournament was a LPGA Pro-Am and was paired with a Japanese golfer who did not speak English. She said that there were not many fans following them or could they converse. She enjoyed playing and the people were pleased that she came out to participate.
During this interview article she answered many question from Susan Reed and listed many celebrities she has played with mostly men. She then started calling herself the token chick and listed such men as Robert Wagner, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Connors, Michael Douglas, Mark Spitz and they accepted her without judgment.
Cheryl does relate one incident as she wrote a whole chapter in her book called “Boys Behaving Badley”. She relates that some of the men who are the worse are the older ones such as Burt Lancaster as when she walked up to play he rolled his eyes and walked away. She says she won him over with kindness and hitting the ball well but she says it was hard work.
This is a very interesting article including some nice pictures by photographer Mark Abrahams. I would suggest ordering her book Token Chick – A Women’s Guide to Playing with the Boys, released in May 2005. It was co-authored with Bob Hellman and covers Cheryl’s memories of her life on the links. This would make a nice Christmas present for any lady golfer. Check out Amazon.com as they have it listed for a hardcover book at $16.29. If you do not already have Golf for Women you can also order this magazine at Amazon.com.