None of it comes naturally to her. Angela Stanford is an introvert by nature and has been for almost all of her 30 years in the game. One of the kindest people in golf, Stanford will sit at a breakfast table alone, content to sip coffee and read her phone amid a sea of other players, caddies and friends. Ask to join her and she will be more than gracious, holding up her end of the social contract with affable aplomb. She also has the dry wit of a wry Texas ranch hand and the temperament of a church deacon. She’ll talk Texas Ranger baseball and Texas Christian University football (her alma mater in her hometown of Fort Worth), but being out front, whether it’s media appearances for her latest role as U.S. Solheim Cup assistant captain or as a go-to veteran with six LPGA Tour wins, is not Stanford’s first instinct. So, when she stands in front of a camera – whether it’s held by a professional crew or she’s filming herself on an iPhone – to discuss and promote the Angela Stanford Foundation, you know it means a great deal to her.
The foundation, which Stanford created in 2009 focuses on helping students of families whose lives have been upended by cancer. By providing scholarship money, Stanford helps lighten a burden from families with a lot on their plates.