If the name in the headline doesn't ring a bell, don't feel like you're out of touch with the LPGA. Kelli Shean is a 22-year-old amateur that goes to school at the same place John Daly attended college. In her first LPGA event, a year ago, Shean finished 27th. She's about to be a senior in college. The last thing she should be doing is competing in a U.S. Women's Open.
But, things like that happen. Shean, who wears hearing aids in both ears, shot an opening-round 70 to be tied for second behind Brittany Lang, who was the only player in the field to shoot in the 60s on Thursday.
Kelli, who is young enough to list Twilight and Harry Potter as two of her favorite books on her Facebook page, spent most of the afternoon leaning on her caddie, who also happens to be her boyfriend.
After the round, Shean said that her boyfriend of 10 months, Chandler Rackley, has made golf easier and more fun, but most of her success can be attributed to another South African, a man by the name of Ernie Els.
Els was the guy that pushed Shean to continue with her golf, and coincidentally, won at Oakmont in 1994. While it is only the first round, and there are plenty of big numbers to snag the youngster's ankles, seeing Kelli hop and skip around the tough terrain of Oakmont while other big names were struggling was as enjoyable as golf gets.