The 29-year-old musician and surfer is one of two Brazilian women chasing a spot in the Olympic golf event.
But while she hopes the Games open up the sport to a new generation, she is aware the nation has more pressing problems than getting people to pick up a club.
The Zika virus outbreak, a crippling recession and a political crisis that may cause President Dilma Rousseff to step down are just some of the controversies hampering the build-up to the Games.
But Lovelady — an accomplished guitarist who is often asked to perform at ladies’ tour events — believes Brazil’s people will win over the world when the global spotlight falls in August.
“I think the most beautiful thing about our…