by Allie White.
Whenever I watch Serena and Venus Williams play tennis I am always in awe. What are the chances that two tennis players are that great and sisters?!
Just seeing the hype videos leading up to their epic duel this past September at the US OPEN had me tearing up like a complete sports dork. It made me think of my sister and all the tennis we played together growing up and just how much I love those memories.
There’s something special about sisters. Good ones have a compassion and a connection full of secrets and stories an outsider can never entirely understand.
The last chance I had time to spend with the Meiers was in a Super 8 in Kansas when they took me in and rescued me from my less than stellar traveling decisions. I really enjoyed hanging with them that week… so much so that I even cheered on Michigan State when they took on Oregon.
It wasn’t hard to see how much they cared about each other and how much they cared about doing their best on the golf course.
Their efforts are evident in their many golf achievements. Amy followed up a Michigan State High School State Championship with All-Big Ten honors at Ohio State (we were teammates during the half season I played for the Buckeyes) while Christine racked up two Michigan State Amateur Championships and All-Big Ten at Michigan State. (Football game season gets a little tense with the Buckeyes and Spartans being so competitive. Fortunately, the Buckeyes are the current National Champions so Christine has a lot of work to do ;)) Both sisters have also competed in a US OPEN… like the Williams eh!
Amy caddied for Christine in the 2012 US OPEN at Black Wolf Run, and Christine caddied for Amy in the 2013 US open at Sebonack. According to US Open Legend… Christine is a little better at club selection…
Amy and Christine were kind enough to answer a few of my curious questions. Their answers are pretty fun- Enjoy!
Christine, when did you and Amy start golfing? Did you play partly because you looked up to her and wanted to be like big sis?
We started playing when I was about 7 and she was 8. I didn’t like it at first, but when we played in tournaments I fell in love with it. For me, I was always super competitive and having the chance to beat big sis was a big thing for me though it took a little bit!
Amy, is it really competitive between you two and how do you manage if Christine does better?
We are very competitive, we have been from the beginning. That goes for all sports- basketball (even though we never played the same position: she’s tall!), softball, and golf. I always want her to play well, but I want to play better. I’m sure she’s the same way. I’m happy for her when she does well, even when she does better than me. It’s fun to have a sibling doing the same thing you are, it’s like a built-in support system.
Amy, what is your favorite memory of Christine on a golf course?
My last year of high school golf (fall 2008)– I finished my 36th hole of the state finals at Forest Akers (the MSU golf course) and found out I had just won. Christine was in the group right behind me and everyone was standing around the 18th green congratulating me and watching the last groups finish. Christine proceeded to hole out for eagle! It was the perfect ending.
Amy, what is the most frustrating thing for you about being a pro golfer?
The most frustrating thing for me is that you can prepare for hours and days and weeks for a tournament that lasts 3 days. And while all that prep work is great, it doesn’t guarantee you’re going to play well in those 3 days that matter- it only gives you a better opportunity to play well. It’s tough that the hard work I put in always pays off, but it doesn’t always pay off right away.
Christine, what frustrates you the most about being a pro golfer?
I love the lifestyle and I love playing tournaments. The money out here is by far the toughest thing. This is not as glamorous out here as everyone thinks, especially when you’re on your way up. There’s been progress every year, but it’s crazy to think that a goal is just to break even. There’s a lot of us with no sponsors. I mean I worked 3 jobs last winter to support my golf game. I think the financial side is just a huge frustration for a lot of us.
Christine, what is one thing Amy does golf or traveling related that you wish you could do?
I think I could learn how to be a little more in the moment like she is. I’ve always been really passionate about golf and it’s tougher for me to be casual and relaxed and she does a great job with that.
Amy, what is your favorite thing about Christine’s game?
Her short game is phenomenal- she can spin her wedges from right next to the green, and she’s a great putter. She can get up and down from anywhere.
Christine, what is your biggest golf dream?
I want to be on the LPGA, winning tournaments and being a top player consistently.
My biggest golf dream was to play in the US OPEN. Now that I’ve done that, I’d like not just to play, but to win one
With LPGA Qualifying School approaching for all the Symetra Tour hopefuls- Amy will be caddying for Christine and I know that I will definitely be rooting for both sisters to go ALL the WAY!
Allie White from Lancaster, Ohio, is a professional golfer and golf journalist. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism at Ohio University. With four years of experience on the Symetra Tour, a cut-made at the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, and a 2016 Ohio Open Championship, White hopes to continue her golf career during her academic breaks.