October 01, 2009
Remember 1995? Great year, right? Forrest Gump won Best Picture. Sheryl Crow's "All I Wanna Do" blasted from a million lite-rock radio stations. The Atlanta Braves snagged their one and only World Series title. And a fella by the name of O.J. Simpson taught us that we don't really understand each other at all.
1995 was also the year that a girl named Alexis Thompson was born. In the 14 years since, she's spent an awful lot of time playing golf. And right now, it's all paying off, as the young Ms. Thompson currently leads the field at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Alabama.
Fourteen years old. I'm betting you've got socks older than that.
Thompson fired a 7-under 65 in the first round to take the clubhouse lead. She's had some experience with this golf thing; she was the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open in 2007 when she was 12. Congrats to her on her achievement; now let's hope she gets the chance to progress on a normal route and doesn't flame out like the tennis prodigies who are done at 17.
One shot behind Thompson is cautionary tale Michelle Wie, a relative crusty veteran at 19 years old. The lesson being, as always: once you're no longer a teenager, your life is pretty much over. I look forward to an 8-year-old challenging at tournaments in 2010.