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Sydnee Michaels is spending her first Mother’s Day with her 6-month-old daughter in Virginia, getting ready for a crazy week that will include both a U.S. Women’s Open qualifier and the Kingsmill Championship.

It’s fitting their first together will be on the road.

This life as both a mother and an LPGA pro is a daunting journey unlike any Michaels has ever faced, but she says it’s a balancing act she is determined to make work.

She is proud to be out front in this new baby boom hitting the women’s tour.

“There are so many women today who are working moms,” Michaels said. “But in women’s golf, I think there’s a little bit of a stigma that comes with it, with having a baby and continuing to play the tour.

“There are a lot of fathers out playing on the PGA Tour, and it’s no big deal. On our side, it’s ‘Should you keep playing? It’s going to be so hard.’ I wasn’t going to let that thinking stop me from having a baby and continuing to pursue my dreams.”

Michaels says she grew up with a stay-at-home mom, and she understands the fulfillment felt by mothers who make that choice.

“I loved having my mother home with me,” Michaels said. “For some women, that is their dream. I commend that. I think it’s the hardest

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