Kelly Jo Dowd has terminal bone and liver cancer. But before she dies, she wanted to see her teenage golf-phenom daughter, Dakoda, play against the best women in the world. The 13-year-old Dakoda fulfilled that wish Thursday at the LPGA Ginn Open.
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Mom's Always There
Dakoda's clubs have her mother's initials on them, and those clubs produced an impressive 2-over 74 in her first LPGA round. "Since I was a kid my mom has always dreamed of seeing me play with the really great golfers like Annika Sorenstam and Cristie Kerr," Dakoda said.
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I'm Still Your Mother
Dakoda may be the golfing phenom, but she's still mommy's little girl, as Kelly Jo gets something out of her daughter's eye during a news conference before the Ginn Open.
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Dakoda enjoyed her practice round on the LPGA course, especially after sinking a putt on the third hole.
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Playing With The Pros
Dakoda asks for tips (or was she giving them?) from playing partner Natalie Gulbis during her practice round. "She's such a good kid," said her other playing partner, Paula Creamer. "She's fearless on the golf course. She just steps up and hits it and hits it again. I couldn't even imagine what that whole family is going through."
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A Drive, Then A Hug
Seeing her daughter compete against the pros officially came true for Kelly Jo when Dakoda hit her first tee shot Thursday. Afterward, the two shared a heartwarming moment.
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This Girl Just Wants To Have Fun
Dakoda could smile even after missing a birdie putt Thursday. "I had so much fun," she said after her round. "I can't believe it's going to be over soon. I want it to last like 80 more days."
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That's My Girl
Kelly Jo's wish came true Thursday -- and she enjoyed every moment. "It's such a warm feeling," she said. "It's almost like I'm walking and it's not really happening. I feel like a kid at Christmastime."
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Michael Dowd holds his wife in their Florida apartment, savoring every moment together.
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The specialty license plate on the Dowds' car honors Kelly Jo's fight against cancer. Before she was diagnosed with her current form of cancer, Kelly Jo overcame breast cancer.
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