SUZY WHALEY Qualified for Life
Suzy Whaley was the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for and play in a men's PGA tour event. While she didn't win the tournament or make the weekend cut, she successfully competed against some of the best male golfers in the world at the 2003 Greater Hartford Open and inspired other women, including her two daughters, to follow their own dreams without sacrificing their values.
My documentary focuses upon Suzy as an extremely engaging person as well as an exceptional golf club professional who frequently plays in LPGA events. She is an encouraging mother, teacher, and communicator, as well as an outstanding athlete. Her days as a student athlete at the University of North Carolina in the mid to late 1980s reveal that her golf game continued to develop and improve over the years, while her personal qualities, including her sense of humor and infectuous smile, as well as her personal values have remained remarkably consistent and continue to shine.
The documentary includes interviews with several
women golfers, including LPGA Players Association President and former
Lady Tar Heel teamate, Donna
Andrews, as well as Golf Digest Top 50 Golf Instructor and owner of
Pine Needles Golf Resort, the site of several past and future U.S.
Opens, Peggy Kirk Bell.
They and other women discuss the potential of outstanding women golfers
to successfully compete against
men on the PGA Tour.