Beth Ann Baldry on Melissa Reid's chances this week at the U.S. Women's Open, just weeks after her amazing win under extremely emotional circumstances. But more important, Baldry shares this memory of Joy Reid, as her daughter understandably continues to mourn her mother's tragic death in a car accident earlier this year.
Joy Reid, a former national ballet champion, was a mother figure for many players on tour, making everyone around her feel comfortable.
“She was always a supporter of everyone’s game, not just Mel’s,” said Becky Morgan, who rang in the new year with the Reid family.
Morgan, of Wales, phoned Reid just after she won, telling her “I absolutely knew you were going to win this before you even got there.”
Truth be told, Reid felt the same way. Considering the nightmare she’d been through in 2012 – death of two friends, death of her 18-month old black Lab (Freddy) and now her mother – something good had to be coming.
“2012 has not been a great year,” Reid said in the understatement of the year.
In the same story, Baldry also explains the odd LPGA rule that kept Reid from having a shot at an LPGA card last year.