Vicky Hurst’s win Sunday was a bit sweeter with her mother on the bag.
Hurst’s mother, Koko Hurst, caddied all weekend for the 2018 Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women’s Health Classic, including Mother’s Day on Sunday.
“She’s kind of my go-to caddie when I don’t have one full-time. She does solid work for me,” Hurst said. “She gets me pumped up and she knows me so well, my game so well, so she can really help me on the course. So she was a great caddie this week.”
Two of the best scores in the final round Sunday came from players whose mothers were caddying.
Linnea Strom, of Sweden, had an 8-under 64 on Sunday — the lowest score in the tournament — with her mother handing her clubs. Charlotte Thomas fired a 7-under 65 on Mother’s Day also with her mother on the bag.
“It was so fun. She caddies a little bit, but having her on the bag today was especially special,” Thomas said of her mother, Fleur Thomas. “We had a lot of fun, like always. She was happy to be out here today.”
Thomas said her mother typically comes to one in every four events. Though Thomas is from England, her parents now live in Connecticut, which makes it easier for her parents to attend LPGA Symetra Tour matches.
Sophia Popov said there’s no person she’d rather have caddie for her than her mother, Claudia Popov.
“She’s really the caddie of choice every week. She’s just the person who knows me best,” Popov said after Friday’s round. “I was getting pretty negative through nine holes because I felt like I wasn’t playing how my score reflected, and she’s just the one who knows me best and knows what to say to kind of get me into a good mindset, a positive mindset. I think she’s happy to have at least one child around for Mother’s Day.”