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Celebration of life for Sacramento's Sandy Guzzardo, LPGA Master Pro

Why do they call it a celebration of life? Who invented that euphemism? Perhaps it is just a thoughtful human, gentle way to say goodbye when someone passes. Sandy Guzzardo, LPGA Master Professional, most recently a teaching pro at Empire Ranch in Folsom, passed away Feb. 4 of cancer. It was not her first fight with cancer as she also battled breast cancer in the 1990’s. That time she won. This time cancer won.

There will be a celebration of life for her this Saturday, Feb. 22 at Teal Bend Golf Course clubhouse. (Please RSVP to Heidi Tschudin at htschudin@sbcglobal.net).

What started in the small upstate New York community of Gloversville, just ended in Sacramento some 70 years later with her passing. Introduced to the game after getting married, who would have thought a one-time stay-at-home mom from snow country would take up golf at an adult age and become one of only 72 instructors to earn the designation of Lifetime Master Professional?

How many people would, after divorce, become a lobbyist and then walk away from that profession to become a golf professional?

Sandy was always an original.

Just a couple of days before her passing, during a phone conversation, she said she wanted to share information about golf. She offered the proposition that golfers should have two drivers. A practice driver and a “gamer.” She came to this sage thought after attending a banquet where she was seated next to a retired major league baseball player who discussed how MLB players take care of their bats. Of course, she related, MLB players are concerned with cracking their wooden bats, but there is a point to be made about how today’s thin faced drivers can develop cracks or voids. (More to come on this observation.)

As always, Sandy, up to her last moments, offered something when the conversation was about golf.

In addition to being an original, Sandy Guzzardo was a gamer.

Because Sandy was such a supporter of youth golf and was especially adept at communicating with and teaching kids, anyone may honor Sandy with a donation to the First Tee Junior Golf Program at www.thefirstteesacramento.org.

Keep up with Sacramento golf! Just find and click on the subscribe button on this page. It's free. Vince Mastracco was the longtime host of The Golf Talk Radio Show on Sacramento's CBS radio affiliate. He is also a Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate as well as a member of Golf Writers of America and the California Golf Writers & Broadcasters Association. He can be reached via his website at www.vince.golyon.com.

Vince will be guest hosting an upcoming "Talkin' Money with Jeff Tarbell," show on Saturday, Mar. 1, at 9 a.m. on Sports 1140, KHTK radio.