Scotia native Laura Diaz readily admits that playing competitive golf has dropped several notches on her priority list. But that doesn’t mean her skills on the links have eroded. She still enjoys testing her game against the best players on the LPGA Tour.
Diaz, 42, mother of two young children and finally healthy after a broken leg last season, recently proved she still has the talent to battle stars half her age. Two weeks ago, she finished tied for 20th at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, with a 9-under-par 275 that earned her $16,826. Her second-round 67 (4-under) was a reminder that she was once one of the best players on tour.
Her only other tournaments this season were the Thornberry Creek Classic (71-75) and the Manulife LPGA Classic (73-73), where she missed the cut in both events early this summer. Diaz sat out the 2016 season because of the injury.
“I think breaking my leg last year helped give me a little perspective on things,” Diaz said. “My kids are more self-sufficient now. Cooper comes out and watches me play, and Lily likes going to daycare. They are not begging me to stay home, and they all want to go out on the road. We are all in a different place now.”
Diaz, a four-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team and a former assistant team captain, has earned more than $5 million in her outstanding LPGA career. She has two victories since joining the LPGA Tour in 1999. The daughter of former local club pro Ron Philo Sr. and the sister of current club pro Ron Philo Jr., Diaz played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University, where she was the 1995 ACC champion, a first-team…
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