Michelle Leigh “my precious bundle of joy”

In my first preggie article, I touched on a few things but never went into full detail. All kinds of emotions came out such as anger, sadness and extreme excitement while writing it. I have been asked a few questions as well as been given hundreds of compliments and support after they read it.

After I chose to keep my precious bundle of joy, I started to panic. My mind was far from the golf course. How was I going to keep her fed and clothed considering there isn’t a huge amount of money to play for on our tour? Even though the tour is growing, it’s going to take a while before we can raise a family on that income alone. Was I going to have to give up on my dream of being the best professional golfer I could be and have to find a 9-5 job? The pressure of making money this season was immense. I needed to play well to get a good pay cheque so I could pay my doctors bills as well as save for the hospital and the next 20 years at least of my daughter’s life. It was never fair to continue with only 3 months of golf and make Vaughn pay all the bills. He has been under enough pressure as it is and we promised to always support each other. Vaughn is a cricketer and plays for SA,for indoor cricket. He understands what it takes to make a sport your career. We will always let the each other do what we are passionate about and will do what it takes to help each other get there. He supported me through my worst season on the SLT.

Annika Sörenstam with her daughter Ava Madelyn

A lot of sportswomen have had to give up their dreams to have their children. In the golfing world, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and many more have retired from playing to have their families. They never gave up their golfing dream though and continue to work in the golfing world. They host golf tournaments and have clothing lines that keep them in the mix. This is largely possible because of their successes on the LPGA and LET tours respectively, they well known and corporates see the value of their association with the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Ariya Jutanugarn just to mention a few. These players are well branded internationally active and locally supporting corporates to attract more high paid LPGA and LET events. So it is more likely that many players retired or semi retired  like Sally Little and Annika Sorenstam will be equally successful off the course as they were on the course.  There are no favours except a highly professional, organised and professional working platform between active players, retired and semi professional players and corporate.

Aaah but all that, when one has an established career in golf and its paying well.  Personally I am young and still have at least 10 years of competitive golf ahead of me and would love to continue to compete.  I would like to give it my all and say I tried instead of looking back one day wondering about what could’ve been. So with all the challenges ahead of having my baby, securing some sense of livelihood for me, my baby and Vaughn, I will continue to embrace all these matters as my body keeps going through these changes.  I will continue to write about my thoughts as I journey up this road as a mom to be and as a professional woman golfer.

I am extremely blessed to have an amazing team behind me. PinkStig have supported me from the day I met them and after many conversations, want to see me continue on my golfing journey and like any other family, they have my back.

I am getting close to  6 months pregnant. I haven’t stopped playing golf yet and I still have some time before I have to stop. I have a few golf days coming up where I will run a competition called “Beat the Pro”. I challenge the players to beat my shot (closest to the pin) to help raise money for the charity on the day.  I absolutely love what I do and to help out a charity in my own way makes me proud.

Once again, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads my articles and who have supported me on my mommy journey thus far. I look forward to keeping you up to date with photos and articles. “There is no limit to what we as women can accomplish”, Michelle Obama.

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