By winning the Evian Championship, 18-year-old Lydia Ko became the youngest woman to win a major. But Ko isn't the only under-21 bright light in women's golf. Canadian Brooke Henderson was granted a waiver of the LPGA's 18-year-old age minimum in August after she won the Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots. Henderson turned 18 on Sept. 10, the same day Arnold Palmer turned 86. Then there's Lexi Thompson, 20, winner of the 2014 Kraft Nabisco; South Korea's Hyo-Joo Kim, 20, who won the 2014 Evian; Australian Minjee Lee, who won at Kingsmill in May, shortly before her 19th birthday; Englishwoman Charley Hull, 19, whose talent will be on display in the upcoming Solheim Cup and, well, you get the picture.
Next year we can add another name to the LPGA roster: Annie Park. Park, 20, who won the Prairie Band Casino & Resort Charity Classic on Sunday, her third victory in nine Symetra Tour starts this season.
With four events left in the season, Park is second on the money list, where the top 10 will earn LPGA cards.
'It has been a lifelong dream of mine to play on the LPGA since I started golf when I was 8 years old," said Park, who played for Southern California and was the 2013 NCAA individual women's champion. ''I looked up to Annika Sorenstam and I knew I wanted to be like her when I grew up. I'm speechless and I can't wait to play on the LPGA next year.''