"I have people coming up to me, telling me I didn't know you were even
a golfer, or I didn't know you were that good," said Taormina, whose
little slice of fame appears to have arrived in the form of Tea Cup
Classic IV, as she is hailed in these pages along with three other
women's club champions in this newspaper's circulation.
"Teachers at school read (the Daily Pilot articles) and mention it to
my kids, and I think it has brought my kids closer to golf, because
there's just that excitement. Both of my two sons (Garrett, 13, and
Jordan, 11) have really gotten back into golf again because of it ...
now, they're trying to figure out who is going to caddie for me. It's
going to be one of those two or my husband (Vince)."
Taormina, who has seven children, a Tea Cup Classic record for the
women competitors, started playing golf because of her husband. Vince
apparently begged hard enough and one day she played golf with him.
Mostly, they played together on vacations, then she started getting
the hang of it and suddenly she was scoring pretty well. "My husband and
I can go out and play golf and do something together as a couple,"
Taormina said. "It's been wonderful."
The 2000 Big Canyon women's club champion, a Newport Coast resident
who has one girl and six boys between the ages of 17 and 6, has gradually
progressed in her 12 years of playing and now, at 45, she's at the top of
"It seems really difficult for me to imagine that I'm playing to that
level," said Taormina, who was never encouraged to play sports growing up
in Portland, Ore.
A newcomer to the Tea Cup Classic, Taormina plays in the Big Canyon
upper echelon with Sally Holstein, the '99 Tea Cup Classic participant at
Mesa Verde Country Club, Martha Redfearn and Jeana Kawamura.
In Tea Cup Classic IV, Taormina will play her home course (Big Canyon)
Friday at 2 p.m. in the annual 18-hole shootout to celebrate women's golf
in the Newport-Mesa community.
"I feel honored to play in this group," said Taormina, who will tee it
up with two-time defending Tea Cup champion Marianne Towersey (Santa Ana
Country Club), Denise Woodard (Mesa Verde Country Club) and Debbie
Albright (Newport Beach Country Club).