Guest Author - Letta Meinen
I wrote about her once before about the Thompson family trying to keep up with their golfing children. Alexis two brothers are also into golf and playing tournaments. Alexis is 15 years old and six feet tall and has turned Pro several weeks ago and since she missed the cut on her first Pro outing but she did very well in the LPGA Open. She was on the leader board the full four days and ended up in the top ten. She was able to take home her first money at $72,131.00 and that was a nice pay off for such a young age. This gives her an invitation to play in the Open again next year earning this exemption was a great accomplishment.
Alexis has played in four other Opens as an amateur. This is remarkable as she seems much older and can average 278 yards on her drives making her second best in the field. She also tied for first in making birdies and that alone can keep her in contention in these tournaments. She has been holding her own against the more experienced golfers.
Alexia is from Coral Springs, Florida and played golf at the TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs. She was the youngest player at age 12 to qualify for the U. S. Women’s Open, she had won Amateur tournaments and decided to turn Professional and is making wave already. She certainly did this week at the Avian Open Tournament in France as she was it the top five most of the time. As I watched the final today she was tied for the lead at different times on the last nine and was tied after her final 18 with some remarkable shots. Her birdie put on the last hole was amazing knowing she had to make it to tie.
It wasn’t meant to be for Alexia this week as Jiyia Shin who was the number one players of the LPGA until she had surgery for an appendectomy several months ago. Jiyia sunk her birdie putt on the eighteenth hole to take the win away from Morgan Pressler who was at the top of the board most of the day. Some amazing golf for these gals but watching a 15 year old play such great golf made for great television. I wish her well and will be watching her as she continues on the LPGA tour. I have admired Shin as she also has some amazing golf shots and she deserved this win. The LPGA is getting better and our American golfers are stepping up and playing better because of all the Asian golfers showing up and playing well.