US Women’s Open: Maria Pedraza wants to make those time-poor trips to Sicily ‘when the time is right’

Maria Pedraza traveled halfway around the world to play in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Harrisburg, Pa. She shot rounds of 79-77-78 for a combined 287, the fifth-worst four-round…

US Women’s Open: Maria Pedraza wants to make those time-poor trips to Sicily ‘when the time is right’

Maria Pedraza traveled halfway around the world to play in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Harrisburg, Pa. She shot rounds of 79-77-78 for a combined 287, the fifth-worst four-round score in tournament history. But the event did help her get to know the area, which she explained in a post on her blog, Ciclope.

Here’s some of what she wrote:

“We had been pretty much par the entire tournament in the 70s, barely posting scores over par,” Pedraza said. “I do remember one day watching more than three holes that were over par, all by the same player, but when I asked if she was OK, her response was a clear, ‘I will be, I’m practicing harder.’ “And she was right. She was playing with the best, too, though she was just getting her swing back. “I looked around the clubhouses on the course, and they were full of Olympians. Some of the women I’ve admired for years were there, amazing people.”

Another trip Pedraza plans to take is to Sicily, where her father was born. “I still miss him and have thought about visiting as often as I can, and it’s the time of year I would think to do it,” she said.

“I was a little surprised to hear that Federico was on a mission to teach a crowd in northern Italy how to hit a perfect golf shot,” Pedraza continued. “But when we discovered he would be teaching ‘celebrity’ golf with none other than real superstar Roberto de Vicenzo in Sicily, I thought to myself, ‘I guess I should go.’ I had seen (unpublished) YouTube footage of him teaching golf at the famous St. Aldrac club in Bologna, but Sicily has a few more that are not so well known. I have yet to see much more, though, so I don’t think I can do any better than watching this incredible video and will make the trip when the time is right.”

And here’s what Pedraza said about being part of an elite club:

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