Late last week, Jodi Ewart Shadoff got the call that most athletes only dream of receiving. The 33-year-old from England will represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics, realizing an opportunity that she never thought she would ever receive.
“I can't tell you how excited I am to represent Team GB in the Olympics,” said Ewart Shadoff, who joins Mel Reid and male golfers Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey as this year’s Olympic representatives for Great Britain. “It's been a goal of mine for the last five or six years to go to the Olympics and represent the Union Jack there, try and win some medals for Great Britain. Yeah, it's quite the honor.”
With Team GB checked off her list, Ewart Shadoff now has her eyes set on a second team and a second trip to Toledo in 2021. September’s Solheim Cup will bring the best golfers from the United States and Europe to Inverness Club, just 15 minutes away from Highland Meadows Golf Club, the traditional Marathon Classic venue. Ewart Shadoff finished fifth at the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship held at Inverness, followed by a runner-up showing the next week at Highland Meadows.
So another week in Toledo? She’s all in, and she hopes all of Toledo shows up to support and enjoy the experience.
“Solheim Cup is like no other tournament. It's electric. For a player it's like the best experience I've ever had,” she said. “The three that I've played in they've all been extremely memorable. But the fans make it as memorable as it is, so I would highly suggest for any golf fan or nongolf fan to come watch, because it's an unreal experience.”