The PGA of America joined forces with the LPGA on this event last year with the hope of growing the game, particularly among females.

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SAMMAMISH — I realize I am not the target demographic of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
So I brought someone along to Sahalee Country Club on Saturday who is: my 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

It took me about five seconds to realize we have different priorities. When I get to a course for the first time, I want to know where the driving range and the first tee are. She wanted to know where the golf store was.

The PGA of America joined forces with the LPGA on this event last year with the hope of growing the game, particularly among females.

Elizabeth went to the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay last year, and it seemed to have no lasting meaning to her other than adding a cute dress to her wardrobe. I wondered if watching the LPGA stars, who seem to share her interest in fashion, would be different.

To find out, I did something I rarely do. I shut up. I let her decide where to go and what to see.

“Dad, there are three ways I determine who I want to watch: how they’re doing, how they look and you, as in you telling me who the heck they are.”

She wanted to see world No. 1 Lydia Ko start her round. Ko was about 30 feet away, and Elizabeth said, “If she gives me a high-five, it will be the most awesome moment of my life.”

Ko didn’t notice her, but Alena Sharp waved to Elizabeth as Sharp was walking to the ninth hole. The hole marshal, who had a great view, said Elizabeth just lit up when Sharp waved.
I think the PGA got what it wanted in spurring interest, at least with this kid.
Elizabeth has been intent on someday being a famous singer. Now she says maybe she will be an LPGA player.

And before we parted, she said, “Dad, the only thing I want for my 11th birthday is to play at this course, this exact course.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her I’m not a member at Sahalee.

Her 11th birthday is 2½ years away, and maybe she’ll forget. But I doubt she’ll forget this day.