Every week throughout 2012, we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life -- both on the course and off of it. Keep coming back each day to learn more about Leta Lindley.
CALLING IT A CAREER
BY NEAL REID
As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end." For Leta Lindley, that means a nearly 20-year career on the LPGA Tour.
Lindley will make 2012, her 18th season as a Tour member, her last.
The mother of two and husband Matt Plagmann - her caddie of 17 years - are in the process of transitioning into life after golf, and the Arizona veteran is at peace with her decision.
"I think it's definitely time," said Lindley, who joined the LPGA Tour in 1995. "My kids need me at home, this will be my 18th year on Tour, and I feel like it's time. I feel good about the decision.
"It's a little bittersweet, because I've spent so much of my life playing competitive golf. So, I think it will be a little odd to not be preparing for the 2013 season. No one said I was going to play forever, and I never expected to be JoAnne Carner, who was 60 when she was still playing." More >>
Leta Lindley Prader-Willi Classic Pro-Am
Leta Lindley hosted the 8th Annual Prader-Willi Classic in honor of Josilyn Faith Levine and Harold Wilkinson IV Janaury 13-15, 2012 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The pro-am benefits the Genetic Diesase Foundation and continuing research on Prader-Willi Syndrome. More than 20 fellow Tour members joined Leta to help raise funds to fight this terrible disease.
PWS is a complex birth defect typically causing low muscle tone, short stature, incomplete sexual development, and a chronic feeling of hunger. Coupled with a metabolism that utilizes drastically fewer calories than normal, this can lead to excessive eating and life-threatening obesity, among many medical and developmental issues.
"I had never heard of PWS but as the mother of two children, I couldn't help but feel a connection to Josi and her cause," Lindley revealed. "I have always wanted to use my golf talents to make a difference and I never imagined that opportunity would present itself through this adorable little girl and her family. Together we will beat Prader-Willi and cure Josi's hunger once and for all."