There's a new golf movie called Swing Away currently filming in Greece, one the LPGA Tour itself has taken a role in supporting and promoting. And the star of it is Shannon Elizabeth. Shannon is probably best-known for the American Pie movies (personally, we loved her as the baby mama of That 70s Show idiot Kelso).
How good of a golfer is Shannon? We know from her social media accounts that she's been working very hard on her game, although we haven't seen any of her swings in a couple months. Back in March she shared this short video clip:
We love that look of delight on Shannon's face after her instructor compliments the progress she is making. That look is one we all know well, at least all golfers who've ever tried to master a new shot or get better at a part of the game - and finally did what they were trying to do.
In that clip, Shannon doesn't look like a low-handicapper, but given how hard she's been working for the movie (not just on her golf swing, but also learning to speak some Greek), we bet she's much-improved by now.
Regardless, the Swing Away movie definitely is not Elizabeth's introduction to golf. The photo at the top of the page was taken at a golf event back in 2005. The following image shows Shannon playing in the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation's Fifth Annual All-American Golf Classic To Benefit The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation that same year:
So what about this movie, Swing Away? A press release posted on LPGA.com call the movie a "sports comedy with heart and romance" and "an engaging, heartwarmingly inspirational coming-of-age movie." The release says:
Swing Away tells the story of Zoe Papadopoulos, (played by Shannon Elizabeth, from American Pie fame) an LPGA golfer who retreats to her homeland in order to escape the media spotlight following an incident of bad behavior during a tournament event, one that results in her temporary suspension from the tour. She reconnects with her Greek roots and discovers a much larger story involving the townspeople, whose unfailing optimism and resilient spirit inspire her to find greatness in the face of insurmountable odds.
Another in the cast is John O'Hurley, along with Greek actors Manos Gavras, Renos Haralambidis, Alexandros Mylonas, Olga Damani, and Christos Sougaris. Plus "young actress Viktoria Miller stars as Stella - a promising young golf prodigy whose game Zoe helps develop, and vice versa."
The movie's golf scenes will be shot during this year's ShopRite LPGA Classic, taking place this week.