What were you doing when you were 15? Chances are, some variation of "being an idiot kid." But Alexis Thompson, she's not like you and me. No, while the rest of us were obsessed with the mystery of the opposite sex or doodling Zeppelin logos in our algebra books -- come on, it wasn't just me -- Ms. Thompson is turning pro on the LPGA tour.
Feelin' a little underachieving, are ya?
Anyway, Ms. Thompson has a solid golf pedigree. She qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in 2007, which, if you'll do a little math, means she was 12 years old at the time. She followed that up by qualifying again in 2008 and 2009. Oh, and she was Golfweek's 2009 Women's Amateur Player of the Year and the 2009 Junior Girls Player of the Year.
And now she's turning pro. She'll make her debut in June at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey. Her final tournament as an amateur will be the Curtis Cup, the amateur women's team tournament, to be played in Manchester, Mass.
Thompson made national headlines last fall when she took the lead as a 14-year-old at the Navistar Classic. She ended up fading, but the fact she was there at all and not, say, geeking out over Taylor Swift or those "Twilight" nimrods is impressive all on its own.
This could be part of a trend, as news broke this week that the University of Michigan offered a basketball scholarship to a 13-year-old girl. All of which underlines a very frustrating fact: Not only are our kids growing up faster than ever, but they're able to athletically kick our butts sooner than ever, too.