@baileychambleegc’s entrance into golf was completely accidental. She played nearly every other sport (basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, track, dance, cheerleading) competitively growing up and thought golf was too slow-paced.
After playing on the varsity basketball team as a freshman in high school, the pain in both her knees was too much to bear. After a visit to the doctor, she was diagnosed with a rare degenerative cartilage disorder affecting both her knees. Doctors advised she give up the sports that required repeated trauma to her knees - i.e. running, jumping, pivoting - for long-term health and happiness.
She had knee surgeries at ages 14, 15 and 19 to reattach pieces of cartilage that had broken loose and to clean up scar tissue that had developed. After the surgery at 15, her father (a plus handicap in his youth) taught her to play golf. By her senior season in high school, she was offered a full ride (part athletic, part academic) to play Division-1 golf at Old Dominion University.
Fast-forward more than a decade later, and golf is the very fabric of her life, weaved into her very being. It taught her the meaning of hard work, integrity, perseverance and puts life into perspective - no matter what trouble you think you're in, you can always recover if you keep the right attitude. Golf has taken her to the most beautiful places around the world; introduced her to her husband and best friends; has provided her with a rewarding career; and is a lifelong game she can play with family.
It is genteel yet grueling. It allows you to be alone with your thoughts or surrounded by friends. It is something you can do for yourself or share with others. As a woman, it provides a level playing field against men.
Golf is a good walk and she is spoiled every time she gets to tee it up. #girlsunderpar