Brittany Lincicome and Dewald Gouws join pro golf’s baby boom ~
Brittany Lincicome took to social media to announce that she and husband, long drive champion Dewald Gouws, are having a baby. Lincicome’s due date is Steptember 1, two weeks before the Solheim Cup.
Brittany and Dewald have been trying to join the Tour’s baby boom for a while, and this pregnancy is especially sweet because last spring Brittany suffered a miscarriage. Although they tried to time Lincicome’s pregnancy so she would deliver during the off-season, things didn’t quite work out that way.
In a massive understatement, Lincicome explained the challenge of timing a pregnancy to Golf Channel’s Randall Mell this way:
“It’s quite tricky.”
With a confirmed heartbeat, there’s every indication the baby’s healthy, so an Instagram sharing of the sonogram was in order. (We’ll get a gender report soon! Then the grandmas among us can start knitting!)
With new moms Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, Suzann Pettersen, and seasoned moms – Cristie Kerr and Karine Icher – standing by to guide her, Lincicome will have plenty of role models for deciding how long to play this season and when to return to competition next year.
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A revamped maternity leave will allow Lincicome to play for as long as she wants this season, then return to competition next season with the same standing.
Lincicome, who’s 33, rightly feels the pressure of a ticking biological clock. She said she’s
. . . getting to that age where it’s now or never. It’s been cool to see everyone else getting pregnant, having babies and now I can ask them questions and I won’t feel like I’m going through it by myself.
How long does she plan to compete? She doesn’t know. She’s going to enjoy her 2019 season, and step back when she’s ready.
But for the immediate future, Brittany Lincicome will start her 2019 season at the Tour’s Founders Cup, March 21-24 in Phoenix.
Will Inbee Park be next in the baby boom line?
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