LPGA duo cracks 'em up

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

As the days wind down to Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship week and the crowning of the best men, women, senior and junior two-person teams in the region, those at a Chateau Cartier reception last night were entertained by a pretty good LPGA tandem they will surely be cheering for at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

That would be Diana D'Alessio and Becky Morgan.

The two veteran Tour players were candid and humorous while answering questions from the audience in making an appearance to promote the Ottawa Sun Scramble shortly after getting off a plane after a seven-hour flight from London's Heathrow Airport.

Both having won in excess of $1 million in their careers, Morgan and D'Alessio were asked if -- along with putting in all the necessary hard work -- they still found the game to be fun.

D'Alessio, a 34-year-old from Dover, N.J., who joined the Tour in 2000, thought back to a day earlier and a practice round the two had played in England.

"It was a crap course, we had to pull our clubs on a trolley, and I played like a dog," she said. "But I still enjoy it."

Morgan, 33, and a native of Abergavenny, Wales, who made her debut the same year, is one of the most accurate drivers on Tour, hitting 80% of the fairways at which she aims. She was straight and true with her answer, too.

"I couldn't think of a job I'd rather do," said Morgan. "I have to say, sometimes it drives me insane, but 99% of the time I love it."

At which point, D'Alessio turned and looked at her friend, at least pretending to be dumfounded by her remarks.

"This is not the conversation we had in the car yesterday," she interrupted, cracking up the crowd.

While Morgan admitted she finds standing on a driving range to be "really quite boring" and said that she'd much rather practice her short game, D'Alessio confessed to be "lazy" and a sun worshipper who loves to lay around the pool.

Graciously, Sun publisher Rick Gibbons offered up his -- if things don't go well and "Dee" finds herself missing the cut this weekend.

"Thank you," she said. "I did bring my bathing suit."

D'Alessio talked about losing 60 lbs. in 2006, and how she's had her best years on the Tour since then. Her secret to shedding the weight? Going to Mexico, eating food that flushes out the system, then deciding you like the way your clothes are starting to feel.

Working out helps, said D'Alessia, but going with the half the portions she used to eat was the key.

"A lot of it is diet," she said. "What you put in your mouth."

Asked if she ever threw a golf club in anger, D'Alessio laughed. "Are you kidding, I'm the Queen of the helicopter," she said. "But just during practice rounds. Then it's like I take this patience pill come Thursday."

Meanwhile, Executive Golf's Karl Parks, the tournament director, said everything is falling into place nicely for the Sun Scramble, which runs from Aug. 18-24 and is in its fourth year. The field is full in both the Open and B Divisions, with spots left in ladies, juniors and seniors classes.

"The tournament has grown so much in status and size the last four years," said Parks, citing the qualifying rounds, a skills clinic, last night's social event and the five preliminary tournaments heading into the Aug. 24 championship rounds. "It's got to be the largest golfing event of its kind in the area and it's all come together with a lot of hard work by a lot of people."


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