Alicia Dibos played in the 28th Annual Women’s Met Open Championship this week, bidding for a record fourth title. The Open was played at Upper Montclair Country Club. Alicia shot a 69, coming in second to Princeton graduate and LPGA Tour rookie Kelly Shon.
It was late 1990’s when luck and destiny got together and wrote a very important chapter in my professional career.
I was playing on the LPGA then, and during The JAL Classic NY, I had the chance to come to Winged Foot for lunch; and what a chance that was, being introduced to Winged Foot’s Head Professional, Mr. Tom Nieporte. I will never forget his bright blue eyes, his wonderful smile and that soft tone of voice.
A couples of years went by. While I was enjoying Christmastime with my family in Peru, my phone rang. I heard “Alicia, this is Tom Nieporte from Winged Foot. Do you remember me?”
He continued saying, “I need an Assistant. Would you be interested in working with me?” I did not hesitate for one second to say “YES!”; I didn’t even need to give it a second thought. Shortly after, I met with him and his wife Joan in Florida and . . . the rest is history.
Tom became my boss for five years. We had precious moments, many laughs, and shared unbelievable s...