Sophie Gustafson was fresh off of enjoying Bruce Springsteen's Philadelphia concerts when she arrived Tuesday at Kingsmill.
Gustafson and her fellow LPGA Tour golfers prepared for this week's Kingsmill Championship at the River Course with practice rounds Tuesday. She was one in a line of golfers at the driving range, working away in the steamy heat before starting her practice round.
Action continues with the Pro-Am Wednesday morning and the tournament's four rounds running Thursday through Sunday.
Gustafson, 38, is a native of Sweden and a tour veteran. She was thrilled to be back at Kingsmill as the LPGA makes its first tour stop here since 2009, and said she hadn't noticed any change in the course.
"It's very nice," she said. "This was always one of my favorite courses that we played."
As for the tour itself, Gustafson noted that its only change since 2009 may be that its golfers are a little younger.
She made an early morning drive from Philadelphia on Tuesday after seeing Springsteen shows Sunday and Monday. A good friend who helps set up the concerts got her backstage.
Gustafson has seen Springsteen "20-ish" times and all over the world including in Sweden, she said. A university teacher originally introduced her to the music.
"Land of Hope and Dreams" is her favorite Springsteen song. Music is listed as the greatest passion in her life behind golf in Gustafson's LPGA Tour bio.
Earlier this year Gustafson, who speaks with a severe stutter, was awarded the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of American "for remaining active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious illness."
Career highlights for the Orlando, Fla., resident include playing on eight Solheim Cup teams and winning five LPGA tournaments since she joined the tour in 1998. She won a major — the Weetabix Women's British Open — in 2000 and has recorded 18 international victories.
Last year Gustafson played in 21 LPGA events, making the cut 19 times and finishing twice in the top five. Her season-best finish was a third place at the RICOH Women's British Open.
She also won the European Nations Cup on the Ladies European Tour with fellow Swede Anna Nordqvist. Gustafson finished 2011 ranked 24th in driving distance, averaging 256.8 yards, and ranked 41st in greens in regulation at 68 percent.
As for this week, she had no idea how she might play.
"I think it's gonna be a good week," Gustafson said.Copyright © 2015, CT Now