Many of you have heard of Twitter and passed it off as some online fad that is far better at wasting time than creating value. Others of you go through withdrawals if you are forced to be offline for more than ten minutes.
For those of you not yet on the Twitter bandwagon, this article is for you. For those of you that are already on Twitter but looking for a way to enjoy the Safeway Classic this weekend in Portland even more, this article will help you, too.
Twitter has opened a channel of communication directly from athletes to their fans that offers us all an unprecedented opportunity to go behind the scenes. In some cases, this can go horribly wrong, such as Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers suggesting a fan “kill himself.” For the most part, though, Twitter gives us a look inside the locker room into the inner workings of a team or our favorite players.
In the case of the LPGA, Twitter has become a dynamic platform for group interaction, fan dialogue, promotional contests and opportunities, and overall fun for the golf fan. For instance, coming into this week’s tournament in Portland, Twitter followers could have learned this like:
- Brittany Lincicome and Suzann Pettersen both had difficulties with flight connections and are now working off of shortened schedules for the week. Brittany is also a fishing fiend!
- Pumpkin Ridge is one of Nicole Hage’s favorite courses to play and she thinks it’s in great shape for the tournament.
- Michelle Wie and Jeong “JJ” Jang both spent time on the Nike campus with stops including work on new clothing lines and shopping at the employee store. Christina Kim is headed there later in the week.
- Karen Stupples had a long flight in a center seat on a very hot airplane (no air conditioning while on the ground!).
- Kristy McPherson has some great takes on Brett Favre, LeBron James, and Tony Dungy vs. Rex Ryan.
- Paula Creamer is looking forwrad to the event even more this year since she had to withdraw from the Safeway Classic last year due to injury. She did burn herself with her curling iron, though, and is sporting a nice Hello Kitty bandaid on her chin for now, but no threat to her playing status..
- Irene Cho is feeling reflective and appreiaitive for a great year.
- Christina Kim is a technophile and loves her auto sponsor — Porsche! She held a meet and greet at the Beaverton Porsche dealer last night and will be holding a book signing tonight.
The group gets more active as the action heats up. Last weekend, the pace was fast and furious as the Dustin Johnson-grounded club controversy unfolded. In fact, news of the penalty was out on Twitter several minutes before CBS learned of it and mentioned in the live broadcast. The LPGA Tour players on Twitter expressed some amazing sentiments that day, as only those who have been there could do. While we cannot expect postings from them while they are playing, post round reactions and evening reflections and activities are sure to be Tweeting across the screen at a good clip.
Anyone who wants a closer look at the fantastic personalities driving today’s LPGA Tour should follow them on Twiiter. In one simple step, readers can access this LPGA list on Twitter that lists the current players and Tour organizations involved in the Safeway Classic.