Back 9: LPGA To Get New Member: Alexis ThompsonWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan received his Christmas and Birthday presents all rolled up into one tidy little package named Alexis Thompson. Lexi is exactly what the LPGA needs. She is a serious, talented and fresh young golfer with a game to back up her great style.
Neither Christie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie nor Morgan Pressel have been able to fill the void left with the early retirements of Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa to raise families. Yani Tseng has dominated the LPGA for the last two seasons, but to recoup big corporate dollars the tour needs a dominant American player.
In 2007, at age 12, Lexi became the youngest woman to ever qualify for the U. S. Women’s Open. She turned professional at age 15 and two weeks ago became the youngest winner ever on the LPGA Tour by capturing first place at the Navistar LPGA Classic.
The LPGA does not allow membership under the age of 18, but Thompson successfully petitioned the LPGA to allow her to enter Q School in July. She shot four rounds in the 60s and blew away the entire field at first stage of LPGA Q School by 10 shots.
There won’t be any main street cruising, Friday night football games or high school proms for the 17-year-old. She will receive full membership and playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2012.
Lexi has the game, charm and style to help launch the LPGA back to prominence.
All she has to do is “Just Win Baby.”