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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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Handling the family's travel plans is almost a full-time job. This morning I go online, book a car for our drive tomorrow night to an outing I'm doing on Monday in Akron, then talk to Katie Lutchkus, the day-care staffer, to confirm a complicated plan for our trip home. After the final round of the Farr tomorrow, we're meeting Katie at the Toledo airport, where we'll rent a car and drive to Akron while Katie drives our car to Detroit and then flies home to Fort Lauderdale. Next month we'll fly to London, Ont., for the Canadian Women's Open. Katie will pick up our car in Detroit and meet us in London.

My 4:40 p.m. start gets pushed back an hour because of rain, so I have time to burn. Having nothing to do feels weird. I'm on the 13th tee and even par for the day when they blow the horn and call the round. Darn! There's an hour of daylight left, and I want to finish so we can sleep in tomorrow. Oh, well. That'll happen in my next life--maybe.



It's 6:15 a.m., and lying in bed I think how different my life has become. I was married once before, for four years in the late-'80s, but after the divorce it seemed as if meeting Mr. Right would never happen. Then I met Mark at the 2000 Evian Masters in France. A member of the New Zealand PGA, he was a rules official on the Australian tour moonlighting as a caddie on the women's European tour. We got engaged at the 2001 Women's British Open and were married that December. Mark was against having kids, but I wanted them. He capitulated under the condition that getting pregnant would have to happen naturally. We got lucky.

At 7:15 a.m. we check out of the hotel and drop the twins at day care. I par the last six holes of the third round, but on the 17th hole of the final round make a double-bogey and finish 20th, 14 shots behind the winner, Mi Hyun Kim, earning $10,960. I'm hot coming off the course--I should've done better than four under par--but my anger melts at day care when the kids jump into my arms. We go straight to the Toledo airport, meet Katie, rent a car and hit the road for Akron.



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