Courtesy photo Kendall Griffin did some catching up with Lexi Thompson at last weekend's Solheim Cup, three years after the pair were pictured at the 2010 Harder Hall.
published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Griffin bound for Beijing
By DAN HOEHNE
After days of a mad scramble in obtaining their travel visa's, it became official Monday night, local golf wunderkind Kendall Griffin is bound for China to play in the BMW Junior Open Championship.
Her stellar summer of play has not only put her on the map, but will soon have her traveling well across the map after her performances resulted in an invite to play at this prestigious event.
The invitation was obviously well received, but there were soon complications as Griffin and her mom Tracy were in Denver at the time, to watch the Solheim Cup, and the realization soon came that visa's would need to be gotten to make the trip possible.
Of course, they didn't foresee this chain of events before their trip to Colorado.
"We had walked inside the ropes with Stacy Lewis at the CME Titleholder tournament last year and her did asked if we were going to the Solheim, so he planted the seed," Tracy said. "After much searching, we found a super package that allowed us to go. We realized that Kendall is 14 and this would be great inspiration for her. The next time the Solheim is in America she will be 18."
And though this was quite an experience for her, the invitation for an even greater one was now in hand, and the dash was on - from halfway across the country.
An official letter of invitation from someone in China had to be procured, then brought to the Chinese consulate, and then the harried wait to see if it would all come together in time.
The paper shuffling did all come together, in the nick of time as it turns out, as mother and daughter fly out this Saturday, Aug. 24.
"We are flying with Bailey Tardy and her dad," Tracy said. "Bailey was the low medalist after two days at the US Girls Junior this summer. She is a junior in high school from Atlanta and is committed to Georgia.
"I'm hoping that Bailey is yet another good example for Kendall to look up to."
As for some of the perks of the trip, other than getting to play internationally on what Griffin says looks like 'an absolutely gorgeous course,' is that she will be housed with her own room, with mother of course, at the Pine Valley Resort, with the Great Wall of China just 30 minutes away.
"We get to stay a couple of extra days to go sight seeing," Tracy said. "I don't know who's more excited, me or Kendall."
The Griffin gals are scheduled to return Monday, Sept. 2, after which the trip and tournament experience will be given a full recap in the News-Sun.
For now, they will soon be off on yet another remarkable experience, in what has been a summer chock full of them for Kendall Griffin.
Congratulations (by: Jeff - 8/27/2013)
Congratulations and welcome to China! I am glad to read that you will be able to have an experience of a lifetime. The weather will be good (perhaps a touch smoggy), but Beijing is a nice sity to visit. The best places to visit, with only a few days available: Great Wall, Tiananmen Square/Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. They can all be viewed in a 2 day span, and it will give you lasting memories. Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni! Translated... Beijing welcomes you! Again, Welcome to China!
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