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Beneath the Glitter
Laura Baugh
May 03, 1999
In her own words, golf's onetime Golden Girl describes her harrowing battle with alcoholism
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May 03, 1999

Beneath The Glitter

In her own words, golf's onetime Golden Girl describes her harrowing battle with alcoholism

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"Laura, are you ready to accept help?"

"Yes," I said, tears streaming down my cheeks. "Yes, I am."

Within hours of that admission, Baugh's agent was able to book her into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She checked in on May 21 and underwent extensive counseling for 31 days. After her release she had her seventh child before her marriage to Bobby Cole ended in divorce two months ago. She lives in Orlando with her children and will play between 14 and 17 times on the LPGA tour this year. This month she hopes to celebrate the third-year anniversary of her sobriety.

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