Aug 142017
 

Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park in the interview room of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. She is covering the event for Capitalareagolf.com. Photo provided.

(USGA/John Mummert)

INSIGHT FROM KERR, KORDA

Below is an essay from Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park. Capitalareagolf.com acquired a press pass for the 11-year old from Clifton Park to attend the U.S. Women’s Open. It was played at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ on July 13-16.

Criscone, who will begin 7th grade at Albany Academy for Girls in a few weeks, was also a “special correspondent” at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Westchester CC in 2015.

We asked her to gather her pen and notebook and take in as much as she could. We published some photos earlier and now add those to her words.

Click here for the USGA’s website.

MY DAY AT THE OPEN
By Nicole Criscone

My experience at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open was incredible. I worked as a junior reporter for Capital Area Golf. I had the pleasure of following rookie Nelly Korda for nine holes, watching her hit one impressive shot after another. The rookies in this new chapter are becoming stronger, and are ready to take on the challenge on extremely difficult courses.

Nicole Criscone interviewing Cristie Kerr after round one of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Kerr won the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open and is an advocate for Breast Cancer research. Photo provided.

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster fit the U.S. Open style, such as thick rough, very fast greens, and extremely long distance. I interviewed veterans Cristie Kerr and Jessica Korda, who both explained that the course played long and the rough was very punishing.

I would have loved to meet the President, but unfortunately he arrived the day after I left, because I had to make it to my mom’s cancer treatment on time. Although I didn’t have the opportunity to see the President, I watched his son drive past me in his motorcade.

Nicole Criscone reuniting with her “bestie” Jessica Korda at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

I watched the end of the tournament on T.V., and Shanshan Feng was in the lead. Sadly, she triple-bogeyed, and rookie Sung Hyun Park moved to the top of the leaderboard to pull off a win at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, showing how much skill, determination, and how well-prepared this group of rookies is to present themselves in women’s professional golf.

Thank you John Craig to help cover this wonderful event!

Nicole Criscone with Sei Young Kim at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park being interviewed by a crew from Iceland TV at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park displaying her media credential at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone of Clifton Park covering the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ for Capitalareagolf.com. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone in the media center at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone with her friend Jessica Korda telling the tale of her hurt hand after round one of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.

Nicole Criscone with Moryia Jutanugarn after round one of the U.S. Womens Open in Bedminster, NJ. Photo provided.