By Back 9: Fred Altvater
No main street cruising, Friday night football games or high school proms for 17 year old golf phenom, Alexis Thompson. She is petitioning the LPGA for full membership and playing privileges for the 2012 season.
In 2007 at age 12, Lexi became the youngest woman to ever qualify for the U. S. Women’s Open. She turned professional at age 15 and four weeks ago became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA Tour by capturing first place at the Navistar LPGA Classic.
The LPGA does not allow membership under the age of 18, but Thompson successfully petitioned the LPGA to allow her to enter Q School in July. She shot four rounds in the 60’s and blew away the entire field at first stage of LPGA Q School by 10 shots.
LPGA Commissioner, Michael Whan, may have just received his Christmas and Birthday presents all rolled up into one tidy little package named Alexis Thompson. Lexi is exactly what the LPGA needs. She is a serious, talented, fresh, young, golfer with a game to back up her great style.
The LPGA has not been the same since the retirements of Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. Yani Tseng dominated the Tour in 2010 and again in 2011 but the LPGA needs an American face to bring women’s golf back into corporate sponsorship big bucks. Christie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel, and Michelle Wie have not been able to fill the void left when Annika and Lorena left the tour to start families.
Lexi has the game, charm and style to help launch the LPGA back to prominence. All she has to do is “Just Win Baby”.