Gerina Piller pitches in for her team at Diamond Resorts Invitational

Gerina Piller, a big baseball fan who’s playing with a pair of pitchers, is enjoying her competitive moments at the Diamond Resorts Invitational.

Gerina Piller is due to deliver her first child in in May but that didn’t slow her down at the Diamond Resorts Invitational. The preggie Piller delivered a respectable first round for her team  on Friday.

Paired with Mark Mulder and Jon Lester, Piller played through rain and wind to card a five-over 76 and got 13 points for her team.

Piller matched Brittany Lincicome and Brittany Lang. Brooke Henderson practically made mincemeat out of the 6,675 yard Tranquilo Golf Club track. She carded an eye-popping seven-under 65 and snagged 25 points for her team in the event’s modified Stableford scoring system.

Henderson played with PGA Tour Champions’ John Cook and Michael Flaskey, the Diamond Resorts CEO and did more than her part to get her team into sixth place going into Saturday’s second round. Understandably, Henderson said she was pleased with her round.

I felt like my game was in a good spot, and I was trying to make as many birdies as I could. Left a couple putts dead in the center and just a little bit short. So hopefully, I’ll fix that for tomorrow.

Piller, who readily admits to being a big baseball fan, was thoroughly enjoying herself and seemed more focused on her teammates than her score.

They are great guys, great golf swings. Mark played great and Jon had some good holes and some not so good holes. They are just great.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is probably going to be Piller’s only competition before she delivers in May, so if you’re a Gerina Piller fan you’ll want to catch the second and third round highlights on Golf Channel this weekend.

 

 

Although Gerina and Martin Piller haven’t set a timetable for Gerina’s return to competition, she has indicated that she doesn’t intend to step away from competitive golf. Certainly, motherhood isn’t an automatic barrier to pro golf competition. Karine Icher and Cristie Kerr combine the two roles. While the spectre of motherhood driving Piller toward retirement looms, fueled in part by Annika Sörenstam’s and Lorena Ochoa’s decisions to choose motherhood over competition, I’m listening to Piller, not rumors.