LPGA Tour member Meaghan Francella jumped at the chance to help good friend Meg Mallon this week at the ISPS Legends Tour Open Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Spa in Palm Harbor, Fla. Francella is caddying for Mallon at the event for LPGA members age 45-over.
"I was pretty nervous on the first two holes because I didn't want to get in the way," admitted Francella, who has wins on both the LPGA and LPGA Futures Tours. "Meg doesn't need much. She can hit all the shots and some of the shots she hits are unbelievable."
Francella was a little bit like a wide-eyed kid in a candy store in the tournament's first round. With LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers and former Solheim Cup captains and players in the field, Francella said she has spent the week watching and learning.
"I'm around some big-time champions here this week and to be around this is such a good experience," added Francella.
As for Mallon, the LPGA veteran says she is enjoying the competition and a chance to spend time with accomplished players she has long admired. She hopes Francella will also appreciate the skills of players who helped the LPGA Tour become what it is today.
"What I hope Meaghan is learning is how there are different ways to be successful and that being hard on yourself is a detriment," said Mallon. "She's a really good player and should be a top-20 player on the LPGA Tour. Maybe this will be a great experience for her to watch these players this week."
-Lisa D. Mickey