There are fans and then there are superfans. All of which get a real experience at the Ricoh Women's British Open
It was purely by chance that I met Estela HJ Park. Her name won't ring any bells when it comes to Women's Golf. There is a good reason for that. That is because she a fan. However, Estela is no ordinary fan. She is a self-confessed superfan.
Arriving back to my hotel after a long day inside the Media Tent covering the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Lytham St Annes I approached the bar for a much-needed drink.
She asked the manager, "Tomorrow I'm going to the golf, what is the best way to get there?"
"Here's your man, he's working there all week," he said pointing her towards me. So began our journey together.
Estela is a student currently living and studying in Germany but she is Korean. Her English is really strong and she is easy to talk to. Whilst we sat with our drinks she told me about her love of golf and in particular, her love for one certain player, Hyo-Joo Kim.
Estela's excitement was clearly on show when she told me that: "I can't wait to see her tomorrow, her swing is so elegant. I love her. Look at this." She proceeded to show me her phone. Her golfing idol graced the back of it.
"I'll show you how to get there but I have to be early, don't be late and try to get some sleep." All of a sudden I began to sound like my age. Believe it or not but there was a time when I was cool, staying up late and partying. Those days seem to become a distant memory with every year that goes by.
In the morning we headed to the course. After travelling all this way to see Hyo-Joo Kim I thought it would be best if I supplied the breakfast. Fruit, pastry and some water as she embarked on her journey around Royal Lytham.
If it is a PR charm offensive then it is certainly working but there something genuine about it. Ever since my first Ricoh Women's British Open back in 2012, it has been clear to see. For me, it was one of the reasons why I fell in love with the women's game. The LPGA had a slogan a few years ago that was "See why it's different out here." It certainly is and the fans love it.
I met Estela again that day. I knew where she would be. She was the easiest fan to find. All I had to do was to head to see Hyo-Joo Kim's group. After her round, we headed to the autograph area.
"I have a present for her." Estela was carrying a bag that I had noticed earlier. Inside was some Cypriot jellies that she bought on a recent holiday. Writing a message on them with her sharpie she eagerly waited.
With the inability to transcribe or even understand Korean, I just watched as the two chatted. The gift was handed over and both bowed towards each other. The respect between and fan was clear for everyone to see.
When Estela turned back to me she was beaming with happiness. It was a pleasure to see and for Estela, it was a long journey made complete. I didn't see her this morning as I left the hotel to begin another day of coverage but I will find her on the course that is for sure. All I have to do is be there at 12.25pm when Hyo-Joo Kim tees off for her final round alongside Catriona Matthew.