Lindsey Weaver is still trying to get all the sand out of her golf bag. While making her way out of a bunker at Royal Troon, her unattended push cart went racing into another bunker and toppled over.
Weaver wasn’t wishing for a caddie in that moment as much as she was a good set of brakes. The push cart dates back to her days on the AJGA.
“I feel like it’s kind of back to the basics,” said Weaver. “This is how junior golf was. This is how college golf was and on the Symetra Tour when I played there for a year. … it’s still just golf. I’m still making the final decision at the end of the day.”
When the LPGA returned to competition after a 166-day break due to the coronavirus, caddies became optional for the remainder of the year. Weaver didn’t have a steady caddie before the break, mostly using locals. Since locals aren’t allowed this year, she decided to go solo.
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She’s currently two shots back of clubhouse leader Dani Holmqvist after rounds of 71-72 at the AIG Women’s British Open. As if contending in a major without a caddie wasn’t enough, Weaver is thriving brutal conditions, when an extra set of hands and an extra brain usually comes in quite handy.
Before the LPGA restarted its season in Toledo at the Inverness Club, Weaver stopped by her parents’ house in Columbus and picked up her old push cart. She used it to tie for ninth at the Marathon LPGA Classic
“Between me and my sister this whole like shrine basically is our garage,” said Weaver. “It’s like all these bags and bags and bags of golf clubs. Still has all of our AJGA champion bags. It really dates back quite a while. These are all part of the archives.”
Lindsey Weaver during the 2020 Marathon LPGA Classic at Highlands Meadows Golf Club. (Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports)
It wasn’t all that long that Weaver wasn’t sure if she wanted to keep playing golf competitively. Her mother encouraged her to travel to Pinehurst last year for one more push at Q-Series to improve her status. She finished fifth and hasn’t looked back.
Weaver’s fiance, Zach Wright, competes on the Korn Ferry Tour and they chat daily about their golf. Right now, they’re scheduled to see other in September at the Cambia Portland Classic, when Wright has a week off and Weaver celebrates her 27th birthday. Weaver caddied for Wright on the Korn Ferry Tour in San Antonio last month, and he offered to work for her in Scotland.
“He asked me, he was like, ‘Do you think I should go to Scotland?’ ” said Weaver in Toledo. “Nope. Nope. I don’t think you should go at all. Not at all.”
She’s got it all under control.