10-year-old qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur golf tournament
Latanna Stone has become the youngest player ever to qualify for a USGA event. She's ten years old.
Stone, all 4-feet-8 inches of her, fired a round of 70 on July 13th at The Wanderer's Club in Florida to qualify for the amateur tournament which will be held August 6-12 at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
I love a great story, and appreciate when child prodigy's earn the right to showcase their craft among adults. The hope is that the young Stone doesn't get burned out on the sport by the time she's 20 - a time when many high-level players would contemplate going pro.
After working for the American Junior Golf Association, I have seen firsthand how much money parents spend to have their kids play in the highest level of junior golf in the country. I have also seen how much pressure they put on their children to perform. That pressure has forced some to quit the game, while others, such as Paula Creamer and Brittney Lang, have flourished.
Only time will tell. As for now: best of luck to Latanna Stone!