This week saw another name get added to the list of qualifiers for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Latanna Stone, an extraordinarily talented ten-year-old player, made the cut and will be headin’ to Cleveland to compete in the Amateur this year when she shot a 70 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida.
Though she comes in at 4-feet-8-inches in height, Stone stood tall out on the course and claimed her place in the upcoming golf event. She is reportedly the youngest person in history to qualify for a USGA event (the previous record was 12-years old). The tournament will be held August 6-12 at The Country Club in Cleveland.
To put this in a bit o’perspective, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, dating back to 1895, is one of the oldest and most illustrious tournaments in the sport. As Yahoo Sports points out, “winners of the men’s amateur include Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods; Morgan Pressel, Juli Inkster, and Grace Park are among the women’s notables who have won the women’s event.”
Though she is a young player, this whippersnapper has already won a whoppin’ 102 tournaments. Her meteoric rise in golf has been won through some seriously hard work with big-name swing coach Charlotta Sorenstam (younger sister to Annika Sorenstam). Accordin’ to Stone’s website, the lil lady can drive the ball an average of 180 yards (that’s got this caveman beat on a good day!).
If yer interested in followin’ Latanna Stone’s golfin’ journey, you can follower her on Twitter! Ya can also stay tuned with yours truly; I expect we ain’t heard the last of this latest golfin’ phenom.