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Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

STATELINE, Nev. – Even though they’re the only women on the 82-person acceptance list for this year’s American Century Championship, neither Brandi Chastain nor Angie Everhart let it affect their golf game.

“Competition is competition, it doesn’t matter if it’s males or females. So for me I don’t feel the need to feel like I’m competing as a woman against the men. They’re very respectful and they know that sometimes my game is good,” Chastain said.

Chastain, a member of the 1996 Olympic gold medal soccer team, celebrated her birthday out on the green Saturday at the ACC. As she headed over to the front nine, she recommended that young women athletes don’t allow intimidation to get the better of them.

“I think that the bottom line is that, even the situations that seem intimidating, they don’t have to be. Each person is in control of that anxiety, you just have to try and enjoy yourself and that’s what I’m going to try to do the rest of the day,” Chastain said.

As Chastain left the tee box, Shannon Eagan, an employee at Edgewood Companies, and her daughter grabbed the soccer player for a photo. Chastain’s a role model for her daughter, Eagan said.

“My daughter is a soccer player and she met her a few years ago last time she was here, so they kind of have a bond. It’s great, and I think there should be more women,” Eagan said.

Angie Everhart, the only other woman in the ACC this year, she said she just feels like one of the guys out there on the course.

“You know it’s funny because I don’t really feel like a girl in this tournament. I mean, I am a girl obviously, but I like beating the boys,” said Everhart.

The former model and actress teed off Saturday morning with Hall of Fame basketball player Charles Barkley.

“He’s hilarious. How can you not have fun?” Everhart said as she headed to the 18th hole with Barkley.

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