September 18, 2011
The record will show that Alexis Thompson on Sunday became the youngest winner of an L.P.G.A. Tour event, closing with a two-under par 70 to complete a five-stroke victory at the Navistar L.P.G.A. Classic.
But if you ask Thompson, who is known as Lexi and is seven months and eight days past her 16th birthday, this victory was long overdue. In her mind, she should have won this tournament two years ago, when she held a share of the lead after the first and second rounds before a third-round 74 sent her tumbling to a 27th-place finish.
If not then, then Thompson fully expected to make history five months ago when she took a share of the lead into the final round of the Avnet L.P.G.A. Classic in Mobile, Ala. A closing 78 on the final day dropped her into a tie for 19th.
On Sunday, Thompson began her round with a five-stroke lead over her closest challenger, Meena Lee, and finished five shots ahead of Tiffany Joh with a 72-hole total of 17-under 271. Thompson sealed her win with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 after Joh pulled three strokes behind.
Before Thompson’s victory, the youngest player to win on the L.P.G.A. Tour was Marlene Hagge, who was two weeks past her 18th birthday when she captured the 18-hole Sarasota Open in 1952. Paula Creamer was 18 years, 9 months and 17 days when she won the 2005 Sybase Classic to become the youngest winner of a multi-round event.
Because Thompson is under 18, she will not receive the automatic tour membership that is one of the spoils of victory at L.P.G.A. events. Earlier this year, she successfully petitioned the L.P.G.A. for the ability to earn membership through the three-stage L.P.G.A. qualifying tournament. She won the first stage by 10 strokes and will participate in the second stage at the end of this month. Only if she is among the leaders at the end of the third stage will Thompson earn full L.P.G.A. Tour membership.
Thompson’s father, Scott, carried her bag around the Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Capitol Hill, and seemed to have a calming effect on her. Before every shot he said a few words to his daughter and then backed off, giving Thompson plenty of space to execute the shots she has been practicing since she was a young child.
Thompson, who turned pro last year and is home-schooled, has two older brothers who are also top golfers. The older one, Nicholas, divides his time between the Nationwide and PGA tours. The younger, Curtis, is on a golf scholarship at Louisiana State.
Lexi was five years old when she followed her brothers into golf. Nicholas chose golf over baseball at age 11 and shortly thereafter, Scott Thompson and his wife, Judy, who works full time processing insurance claims at a dental office, bought a house along the 12th fairway of the T.P.C. at Eagle Trace near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Thompson children grew up competing in high-stakes backyard chipping and putting contests: the loser would have to empty the dishwasher, take out the trash or perform some other unwelcome household chore.
Alexis “Lexi” Thompson was born on February 10th, 1995 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexi_Thompson
February 10th, 1995
2 + 10 +2+0+1+1 = 16 = her personal year (from February 10th, 2011 to February 9th, 2012) = Amazing. Unprecedented.
16 year + 9 (September) = 25 = her personal month (from September 10th, 2011 to October 9th, 2011) = Thrilling. Rooting for the underdog.
25 month + 18 (18th of the month on Sunday September 18th, 2011) = 43 = her personal day = Congratulations. Celebrating.
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