Winslow misses cut, but hopeful for future

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Andia Winslow wasn't thinking about her race or score. She only wanted to enjoy her chance.

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Andia Winslow wasn't thinking about her race or score. She only wanted to enjoy her chance. The 23-year-old Winslow became the first black player to compete in an LPGA Tour event since 2001 this week at the Ginn Clubs and Resorts Open, getting in through a sponsor's exemption. She finished with a birdie and five pars for an 8-over 80 on Friday, and shot a two-day total of 22-over 166, missing the cut by a wide margin. Even so, the cousin of Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr left feeling enthusiastic. "My goals were to experience everything I could, to enjoy the experience, which I did, tremendously, and just to have fun," Winslow said. "You hit bad shots and that may not seem fun, but it's fun to go through the process, to be inside the ropes and say, 'Hey, I missed a shot in an LPGA tournament." Colour barrier The most recent black LPGA player was LaRee Pearl Sugg, who last played in 2001. Former tennis star Althea Gibson broke the colour barrier in 1963, and was followed in the '70s by Renee Powell. Gibson played in 171 tournaments. Winslow, a Yale graduate and employee at Walt Disney World Golf Resort, was aware that no black woman had been in an LPGA field for nearly five years, but said it didn't weigh heavily on her mind. She played the course several times over the last month, yet the tournament set up wasn't anything like what she'd seen before. She'll use that motivation to help her toward her next goal, qualifying for this summer's US Women's Open. (AP)

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