On March 20 the Spring Equinox officially kicks off spring weather in spite of the weather you may experiencing in your area of the country. It’s a time when lots of the outdoor sports also begin to take off. Lots of golfers plagued by cabin fever are ready to hit the links and we’ve got a story on the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup that tees off on March 14 in Phoenix, the only LPGA tournament played in Arizona. And if you’re already a golfer or just thinking about it, our Gym Bag features some comfortable and stylish clothing for both men and women from Callaway Golf Apparel. It’s never too early (or too late) to update your sports wardrobe.

Our interview this issue is with McKenzie Lyng, professional golfer, contestant on the Golf Channel’s popular “Big Break” TV series and co-founder of BackSwing Golf Events. Perhaps most exciting of all, she’s also a brand new mom who’s managing to juggle a lot of balls in the air. And while this isn’t an issue focused on Phoenix specifically, we’ve also got a great story on the positive growth and development of the Phoenix Gay Flag Football League (PGFFL) as it gets ready to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

For the first time in Compete Magazine’s 11-year history, we’ve done a feature on the sport of video gaming and the quickly developing eSports category. Amazing things are happening – and yes, we do consider it a sport. If you’ve never played some type of game on some type of device, I think you’ll be surprised. There’s something for everyone in this far-ranging sport. Try it; you’ll like it!

Our Community Hero is the amazing Doug Litwin, officer of marketing for the Gay Games and our Athlete is the inspirational Rick Zuniga who at age 23 had to learn to walk again. In addition to some great articles on beating your sports slump, some time-honored wrinkle reducers and picking your signature scent, there’s also a thought-provoking look at the long-running sexual abuse scandal at Baylor University. It’s a classic example of what happens when winning and making money mean more than the people involved.

So get outside and have some fun … but first, enjoy the March issue of Compete!

Keep Smiling,


Connie Wardman, M.A., SDL