Golfing pro challenges 5-year-old with ultimatum

Emily Pedersen and Ethan Idion were paired at the Saudi Ladies International Pro-Am, and as golfers rarely do in a “golf out” arrangement, the players took their message to the tee line. At the…

Golfing pro challenges 5-year-old with ultimatum

Emily Pedersen and Ethan Idion were paired at the Saudi Ladies International Pro-Am, and as golfers rarely do in a “golf out” arrangement, the players took their message to the tee line.

At the first green, Emily caught Ethan on the left shoulder and told him not to even look to the right.

“He was supposed to be playing against a 15-year-old,” Emily said. “When he saw me there, he called me over and said ‘don’t look over there because I’m only playing 12.’ I told him he had to be 5. So he’s very efficient with it.”

There was one question Ethan couldn’t answer in the welcome’s process. Emily, like a cunning dictator, knew it.

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“He asked me ‘if I played well and you didn’t, would you putt for me?’ and I said no,” Emily told Reuters. “I’m not ‘her.’ He was asking for one more carry-over from the stroke-play.”

Needless to say, Emily ended up getting her own system up-and-running.

The Saudi Ladies Pro-Am features women who are sponsors and players themselves.

“It’s a little awkward at first because I feel everyone is proud of me, especially the sponsors,” Emily said. “It’s very big in Saudi Arabia and they’re proud of me and everyone is cheering for me.”

“They’re thinking, ‘ah, a real American girl, a girl on TV,’” Emily added. “It’s a change to what they think about females in golf.”

— Kate Adams is a freelance sportswriter in West Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @nwhksnig.

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