McMillan drives for another title

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:08 AM ET

Since she took up the game at age five, Lindsay McMillan has been surrounded by astounding players.

We're not just talking about her own family, either.

McMillan, a 21-year-old who just finished her junior year at the University of Wisconsin, has grown up among a large number of strong female players in the Calgary area.

"A lot of us have competed against each other for a lot of years and it's been great. I respect a lot of them, their abilities and their talent," she said. "It pushes you so much. If you want to keep up, you've got to keep practising harder and it improves everybody's game."

To the point where so many are capable of wrestling away McMillan's crown at the Calgary Ladies Amateur tournament, which runs today through Thursday at the Pinebrook Golf and Country Club.

McMillan, who claimed last year's title at Bearspaw, is up against a contingent that includes other 20-somethings such as 2003 champ Meaghan LeBlanc, Kristin Rostad and Nicole Wyne as well as sage vets Marilyn O'Connor and Diane Williams.

"It's always such a fun tournament," said McMillan, a Glencoe member who was named player of the year at Wisconsin.

None better than last year for McMillan, when she shot an opening-round 72 and coasted to victory.

"I guess it helps having won last year but last year was last year," she said. "You have to take what you can from it but nothing that happened last year is going to help me this time."

And McMillan, who plans to head to medical school, is also looking at turning pro.

"I've thought of it," she said. "Maybe I'll try the Futures Tour and see how it goes from there. It's a decision I will have to make."


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