Hempfield golf coach Katie Miller Gee plays while pregnant

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 | 3:57 pm

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Katie Miller Gee (right) poses with the trophy after winning the PA Women’s Golf Association mid-amateur alongside Pat Hughes Gelardi, a member of the association’s board of directors.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class newbies photographed Friday, May 28, 2021: (front row, from left) James Gulibon, Denny Papalia, Natalie Bower Toman, Katie Miller Gee, Debra Pickens (seated for daughter Samantha), Amy Caprino and David Hay; (back row, from left) Joe Maize, Uwe Schneider, Ed Josefoski, Gene Klein, Anthony Chiccitt, Joe Tranchini, Tom Evans and Rob Gagliani.

Balance was rarely an issue for Katie Miller Gee.

Somehow she finds time to work in her parents’ Dairy Queen shop in Latrobe, selling Ecco golf shoes, modeling for Jofit sportswear company, and playing amateur golf.

But that’s their schedule.

Another kind of balance came into play when she played mid-amateur at the Pennsylvania Women’s Golf Association’s 36-Hole Golf Association last week. It was with her golf swing. That flowing, repeatable golf swing.

Miller Gee, the coach of the new girls’ golf team in Hempfield, her alma mater, played the tournament six months pregnant with their first child, a baby who would be born later this fall.

Call it a slight bump on the road.

“Once I got my balance under control, I was fine,” she said. “I got two bad shots on the first day, but after that I was fine. I had to get used to it. “

All she did was win the event by 10 strokes and make five birdies to finish at 2 under par 71 at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting.

Miller Gee, 36, is an excellent amateur gamer and the wife of Oakmont Country Club chief pro Devin Gee. She relied on some range tips from her husband to calmly reset her swing.

“We talked about being more on our tail and turning the ball around more,” she said. “It was about some swing thoughts. It worked. It was definitely an adaptation. “

Miller Gee, who will be helping her husband at the Oakmont US amateur tournament this week – player Mark Goetz is her cousin – played in Texas in April, earlier in her pregnancy, at the US Women’s Amateur Four-Ball and several Women’s Golf Association events in western Pennsylvania.

“I didn’t show that much back then,” she said. “My family didn’t even know I was pregnant when I was in Texas.”

When her mother and caddy, Terri Miller, were six months pregnant with Katie, “I played golf too,” she said. “I worked in the hospital and we brought a few girls together and played at the Sheraton (Inn) in Greensburg.

“Katie worked with Devin and I think it really helped her adapt. I remember talking to (seasoned amateur) Nathan Smith’s mother and she said she was playing the day she gave birth to Nathan. “

So it can be done. Expecting mothers-to-be can expect to drop some putts.

Pros Stacy Lewis, Sarah Jane Smith and Brittany Lincicome have played with kids at LPGA events. Paula Creamer, the 2010 Oakmont Women’s US Open Champion, recently announced her pregnancy and plans to keep playing.

Miller Gee will have to quit the game at some point. Despite being out of the field and putting an elusive win high on her priority list, she retired from the US Mid-Amateur in September as she focused on coaching at Hempfield, where she won three PIAA Individual Championships.

She was recently inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame.

Terri Miller said working for her daughter was one of the most proud of her jobs.

“It’s not so much about getting yards, reading putts, taking notes in yardage books or pin sheets,” said Terri Miller. “Rather, it ensures that she feels comfortable; Fill up water bottles, clean clubs, swap divots and stay calm when things get hectic or tense. Do you know what mothers do. She’ll do that soon. Cool.”

Miller Gee, a former sideline reporter for the ACC, NHL, and NFL, plans to play for the WPGA Women’s Amateur at the Ligonier Country Club on August 23. Then it’s all about coaching, something that she really wants to take on.

She was an assistant at Oakland Catholic for a year with her friend, head coach Colleen Meyers.

“It’s an opportunity to give back,” said the former North Carolina Tar Heel. “I didn’t think much about it, but when the Hempfield job opened up to a new team of girls it seemed like something I could do.”

Miller Gee, a three-time state amateur champion, was a brief professional and played on the LPGA Futures Tour for two years before regaining her amateur status.

She has found a niche playing on the mid-am circuit.

“I love mid-am because you see mothers and women with careers,” said Miller Gee, a member of the Green Oaks Country Club in Verona. “They show that it can be done.”

When she gave up being a pro, she was no longer able to give organized classes like she had with classes in Rhode Island and Florida, but she still plans to give her six players plenty of guidance this fall.

“I can show the girls how to prepare for a game, or if they’re nervous I can help them focus on something else – more the process than the swing,” she said. “I just want the girls to come out and have fun. We have never had a girls’ golf team in Hempfield. When I played, I played on the boys team. I want the girls to enjoy the game and improve. If you want to pick up the ball and throw it, that’s fine too. “

Hempfield will play home games at the Greensburg Country Club.

With a golf pedigree like this, the Gees daughter needs to get a golf-related name, right?

“Some people have told us that,” said Katie Miller Gee. “We heard the name Carol Semple Gee. We have to see what happens. “

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at bbeckner@triblive.com or on Twitter.

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