This is the first LPGA Women’s Network Letter From the Editor since COVID-19 took hold of our world. Countries, states and local leaders are taking a range of actions to slow the progression of the virus and “flatten the curve.” These actions are fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and play.

We are in a new normal. Frequent handwashing and disinfecting. Keeping our distance from others. Staying at home.

I “get” that when we measure what we do at the LPGA against the race to stop a global pandemic, there’s no comparison. But there is an opportunity.

Golf is one of the things that unites us. Young and old. Women and men. Beginners and Tour professionals. And, I think this is a time when we need to discover and celebrate the things we have in common. The things in our world—large and small—that bring us joy.

Golf does that. When I was facing my own serious health challenge some years ago, golf helped me reclaim some of my identity. In many ways, golf became a symbol of normalcy.

If you can safely practice or play during this unsettled time, I hope that you will. Maybe you can introduce the game to a friend or family member.

If you’re “sheltering in place,” we’ve got you covered. The LPGA Women’s Network and will keep you connected to others who love the game. We’ll offer tips and suggestions for you and your family. We’ll try some new ideas. And, as always, we’ll use this space for some guest columnists to share their perspective and expertise.

Golfers are eternally optimistic. Our sport is all about resilience, focus, and determination. Our game is built on honesty and integrity. Golf gives us special friendships and unforgettable moments.

The vision from the beginning for the LPGA Women’s Network was to create an online community for women of all ages and all experience levels in golf. And isn’t “community” what we all need now?

Best wishes to you and yours for continued safety and good health during this challenging time.