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Juggling Act
Nancy Scranton
October 30, 2006
Nancy Scranton, 45, is a 22-year veteran of the LPGA tour with three career wins. In 2001 she married Mark Williams, 42, and three years later gave birth to twins, Libby and Luke, thus becoming the oldest first-time mom in LPGA history. Ever since, Nancy, Mark (who doubles as Nancy's caddie) and the twins have crisscrossed the country, usually in a van, traveling from tournament to tournament. "Having kids out on tour is wild and crazy, and the greatest thing," says Scranton, who is 50th on the LPGA money list. "Surprisingly, it has also been a big help to my game, because too much thinking in golf is never good and my mind is usually focused on the kids." To catch the family's juggling act, SI spent 10 days with Scranton, Williams and their kids during the week of this summer's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
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October 30, 2006

Juggling Act

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My career would've been over without the LPGA Child Development Center. There are four caregivers, and a 24-foot truck driven by one of the caddies hauls toys, cribs, diapers, child-sized tables and chairs, and a TV to 25 tournaments a year. They set up in the clubhouse or in a church or school near the course. Of the 28 moms (40 children) on tour, I use the day-care center the most because I play so much and Mark is my caddie. We can bring the kids to the center two hours before teeing off and leave them there up to two hours after finishing, and it's free.

I get back from Jackson at 7:30, in time to help put the kids in their jammies, fix two bottles of milk and plop down on a sofa. With the kids on our laps clutching their blankies, Mark reads Goodnight Moon before we put them in their cribs and turn on Classical Lullabies, which always knocks them out. Then it's party time! Mark has a beer, I have a glass of wine, and we feast on leftovers.



We drop off the kids at day care, which is in a church this week, at 9:30 a.m., then play a practice round at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Being alone with Mark reminds me how grateful I am to have him. I was afraid for his life at this year's U.S. Women's Open. During the first round Mark's heart started racing, and paramedics rushed him to a hospital. The problem was diagnosed as supraventricular tachycardia--the same condition that David Toms and Meg Mallon have--but doctors told him that he didn't need surgery, and the next day he was back on the bag.

Tonight at dinner (pepperoni pizza at a mall) I couldn't help but think how much we've changed. Mark and I used to enjoy finding great restaurants. Now we're so boring. Yet I'm much happier and am playing some of the best golf of my life.



Libby stands up in her crib at 4 a.m., so Mark brings her into our bed and everybody goes back to sleep--until the alarm rings at 4:50 (I tee off in the pro-am at 7:15.) At 5:30 Shannon Sebolt, a day-care staffer, comes by so Mark and I can leave for the course. Times like this remind me how the absence of day-care drove player-moms like Myra Blackwelder and Judy Rankin off the tour.

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