Thursday is history.
There is no way around it, even for Brittany Lincicome, who loves finding her way around it. That's just her. She played with boys growing up, neighborhood football and basketball, baseball — and golf. I remember when she was 20, starting out as a professional golfer on the LPGA Tour, taking coloring books and crayons on road trips. There's part of her that will never change.
But Thursday is history. Thursday morning in Nicholasville, Ky., Lincicome will tee off in the PGA Tour Barbasol Championship. The 32-year-old Seminole native's first-round playing partners: Sam Ryder and Conrad Shindler.
"I'm playing with two more rookies," Lincicome said by phone. "They'll probably be as nervous as me."
Thursday is history. Lincicome, having received a sponsor's exemption, will become just the sixth female golfer to play in a PGA event. It's worth watching. It's worth remembering.
Lincicome joins select ranks, which include the immortal Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the only woman to ever make the cut at a men's event, 73 years ago, and the great Annika Sorenstam, who played a men's tour event in 2003, and Michelle Wie, who tried it 10 years ago.
"It's super cool," Lincicome said. "Now it's just a matter of not being super nervous, calming my nerves and playing golf and having fun."
Her gallery will be large, and that's just mom, dad, her husband and her friends. There will be a lot of eyes on Lincicome (nickname: Bam Bam) and her big drives.
She is not a suffragette or a crusader. This isn't Billie Jean King and the Battle of the Sexes. Lincicome, who has won eight times on the LPGA Tour, including two majors, and earned more than $8 million, and who'd love nothing more than to make the cut in Kentucky, doesn't think she has anything to prove.
"Absolutely not. I have this opportunity. Just to be between the ropes with the guys is special. There's a lot of media, a lot of fans, a lot of autographs. It'll be great. The guys have been wishing me luck."
There will still be nerves.
This is bucket list.
"It's really a one-and-done," Lincicome said. "I keep comparing it to my first Solheim Cup, because that was the most nervous I've ever been. This is definitely up there with the majors, that's for sure."
But if she inspires, she's down with it.
"If one kid dreams a little bigger, that's enough for me," Lincicome said.
Thursday is that kind of day in Kentucky for the kid from Seminole.
Drive big, dream big, Bam Bam.
Thursday is history.
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PGA Tour Barbasol Championship, Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Ky.
Tee time: Brittany Lincicome goes off No. 10 at 9:59 a.m. with Sam Ryder and Conrad Shindler; follow at pgatour.com.
TV: 5 p.m., Golf Channel