SAN FRANCISCO – Celebrity sightings are frequent in California. But when the U.S. Women’s Open is staged within the Golden State, the celebs are often contained in the ropes, not exterior.
Saturday, standing alongside the rope line at the primary tee at The Olympic Club was actress Kathryn Newton. Known for her roles in “Big Little Lies” on HBO and “Gary Unmarried” on CBS, Newton is an avid golfer. She performed for her crew at Notre Dame High School in Southern California and starred within the USGA’s promotional movie-trailer-style industrial for the U.S. Women’s Open, during which she drove a golf cart by the desert.
Newton wished to watch her childhood friend, Megan Khang, tee off in Round 3 at Olympic. She stood nervously exterior the ropes, cautious not to hassle her friend who was contending in a significant championship. Instead, she waited till Khang noticed her behind the tee field. The two shared a hug, a couple of laughs and Newton shared some optimistic phrases along with her earlier than she teed off.
“It’s really cool when you see her out there, to see someone when you were so little to really achieve her dreams,” Newton instructed GolfChannel.com. “It’s really inspiring and I’m proud of her.”
Newton says she will first bear in mind assembly Khang throughout a junior occasion in Florida. She remembers being very selective with what junior occasions she would play, to be sure that Khang can be there, too. They’d all the time ensure to keep in the identical resort and swim within the resort pool after the spherical.
“I’m not going to say I beat her because she’s going to kick my butt,” Newton stated laughing about that early assembly in Florida. “She really showed me what it was like to be great. She was always a great player and I think when you play with someone who is great, it makes you see that it’s possible.”
While Newton has watched Khang’s rising profession, Khang has adopted her friend’s rise as nicely. Khang says she reconnected with Newton in the course of the LPGA Tour’s cease in Los Angeles in April for the Hugel Air Premia LA Open, however due to social distancing restrictions, the pair wasn’t ready to get collectively.
“It was awesome to see her supporting women’s golf and being out here,” Khang stated Saturday.
Newton can even be on-site at the U.S. Women’s Open for the ultimate spherical and plans to play The Olympic Club on Monday with the identical gap areas the ladies face on Sunday.
“Golf for me has really changed my life. I love the game,” stated Newton, who performs a mean of three days per week. “I play alone all the time and I make a lot of friends out here. And I just hope that if someone sees me playing they think they can do it, too.”