Suzy Whaley’s daughters tee it up at NCAA

Posted May 3, 2016 in Girls golf, GJAC, tournament

The Whaley family will be all over the country when the NCAA women’s golf tournament tees off next weekend.

Suzy Whaley
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Suzy Whaley’s two daughters took up golf as children. Now, they will make their NCAA tournament debuts.

Legendary golfer Suzy Whaley won’t be coaching her oldest daughter, Jenn, for Quinnipiac when the Bobcats head to Bryan, Texas. Instead, she will be watching her youngest daughter, Kelly, and her alma mater North Carolina compete in Stanford, California. (Don’t worry, though. Bill Whaley will be in Texas to watch Jenn, according to Golf Week.)

Both of their daughters are making their NCAA tournament debuts, though Kelly is a freshman and Jenn is a senior. Kelly will compete as an amateur in a Symetra Tour event once her NCAA season ends. Meanwhile, Jenn, who captained Quinnipiac to its first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, won’t exactly be following in her mom’s footsteps.

In addition to being the first female PGA officer, Suzy, who 13 years ago became the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event since Babe Didrikson Zaharias, serves as a volunteer assistant at Quinnipiac. Jenn will graduate in May and work in a three-year program with Aetna.

“She will play corporately,” Suzy said to Golf Week. “She’ll play forever.”

Forever sounds like a long time. But given the Whaley family is synonymous with golf, it sounds accurate.

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