Lena Pedersen was supposed to on the other side of the world for this tournament.
But her daughter, Symetra Tour golfer Emily Pedersen, needed a caddy for the Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic because her caddy was unavailable.
Not only was Lena in Denmark — in Europe, not Denmark, South Carolina — but she really didn’t know much about golf.
What’s a mother to do?
Lena hopped a flight across the Atlantic Ocean, and now she’s spending Mother’s Day with her daughter, as Emily tries to move up the leaderboard today.
“It’s good,” said Emily, who is from Smorum, Denmark, about 30 minutes northwest of Copenhagen. “She makes me very calm out there, so it’s very nice to have her.”
Emily said much of her knowledge about the sport can be attributed to her father, not her mother, so Lena’s job is simple.
“I just talk to her and I carry the bag,” Lena said. “That’s kind of my job this week.”
In addition to today being Mother’s Day, Lena celebrated her birthday on Wednesday.
“She turned 50 here this week and it’s Mother’s Day, so it was nice to bring her here,” Emily said. “I travel a lot, and I got to spend this week with her, which was really nice.”
But with Wednesday being the day before the tournament began, the two settled for a meal at Cracker Barrel after Emily’s practice round.
Pedersen is even at 216 through the first three rounds, which ties her for 29th place.
She will tee off at 10:15 a.m. on hole No. 1.
Rain, rain go away
After the threat of inclement weather delayed the start of the third round, today’s final round should offer much better weather. There is a zero percent chance of precipitation and a high of 81 degrees.
The first group will tee off at 8:15 a.m. from hole No. 1.
Hitting a wall
On Friday, 19 players posted a score under 70. But on Saturday, that number fell to just five.
Still, there are 27 players under par for the tournament, and five players have a better score than last year’s champion, Madelene Sagstrom, who won the event with a 6-under 278.