Moms rule: Karine Icher is part of a select group on the LPGA Tour -- players who are also moms. And Icher isn’t just showing that a golf career can go on after having kids but she’s proving that it can indeed improve.
Since daughter, Lola, was born in August 2011, Icher has seen her golf game flourish. She has posted nine top-10 finishes, 22 top-25 finishes and four top-5 finishes since coming back on Tour in February 2012. Icher also earned a spot on the European Solheim Cup Team this year, marking just her second appearance in the event and her first since 2002. While in her five seasons prior to giving birth to her first child, Icher posted seven top-10 finishes and an equal number of top-25 finishes (22).
It certainly would appear that motherhood seems to suit Icher.
“Maybe I'm more relaxed on my golf game,” Icher said. “When we go back home, it's no more golf and it's just about her and spending time with her and playing and laughing, so maybe it helps. It's a lot of organization and we don't sleep a lot. But, yeah, it's kind of helped.”
One thing that has definitely bolstered Icher was her performance at the Solheim Cup. Icher made a critical putt on the 18th hole of Saturday afternoon’s four-ball matches that clinched Europe’s 4-0 record that afternoon. She then went on to earn a half-point in her Sunday singles match against ?? and posted a 2-1-1 record over the entire week.
“A lot of confidence,” Icher said of what she gained from the week. “I mean, when you can perform with this kind of pressure and this kind of tournament, then everything seems easier. So, I think we're all very tired, but good memories and a good energy from last week.”