The national women’s basketball player of the year had a sea of black and gold fans following her round at the John Deere Classic Pro-Am at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois, on July 5. Clark played with fellow Iowa native and current U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson.
Clark, donning black and yellow golf shoes, didn’t show any nerves as she hit her tee shot on No. 1 right down the middle of the fairway.
Caitlin Clark just finished her front 9! On to the back half alongside Zach Johnson! pic.twitter.com/2RQA511ax9— Owen Siebring (@owensiebring) July 5, 2023
Clark stopped to sign multiple autographs for fans of all ages. After her round, she participated in the tournament’s annual Youth Clinic at the driving range. According to Tournament Director Andrew Lehman, Clark’s presence will “help us introduce youngsters and non-golf fans to this great game.”
The group following @CaitlinClark22 at John Deere Classic Pro-Am; that is @IowaWBB assistant coach Jan Jensen leading the pack. By my count, Clark is 4 over through 6 holes, has not missed a fairway, and I have lost count how many autographs she has signed. pic.twitter.com/6bJDMdwYSQ— Michael Voepel (@MAVoepel) July 5, 2023
The Caitlin Clark effect was on full display as Jan Jensen, Iowa’s assistant women’s basketball coach, led the droves of Hawkeye fans—many in No. 22 jerseys—that came to see Clark play.