September 18, 2011

Thompson Makes History

Lexi Thompson becomes youngest LPGA champion in history.

Lexi Thompson makes history by becoming the youngest winner on LPGA Tour at 16 years, 7 months old. Thompson shattered the previous record held by Marlene Hagge who won the 1952 Sarasota Open at 18 years old.

Playing in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Capital Hill, AL, Thompson shot rounds of 66-68-67-70--271 (-17) for a five shot victory over Tiffany Joh. During the awards ceremony Thompson announced she will donate $20,000 of her $195,000 first prize check to the tournament's official charity, The Wounded Warrior Project.

Thompson joined the FSGA's Florida Junior Tour at just 10 years old after receiving a special exemption into the 13-15 age division. She won the second event she played in and never looked back. Thompson went on to win five FJT events in a row against girls up to five years older than she. At 11 years old she moved up to the 16-18 age division and won the 54-hole Fall Major on Disney's Palm Course against a very strong field of top juniors playing at 6,000 yards.Thompson then moved on to the national level and dominated on the AJGA and also won the US Girls' Junior Championship.

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