PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Alexis Thompson and her father, Scott, ventured north to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail on a whim last weekend.
With the 14-year-old’s schedule light now that she’s back home schooling in Coral Springs, Fla., they decided to enter the qualifier for the Navistar LPGA Classic. She ended up winning a spot and has positioned herself in early contention in the first round. Through her first 13 holes, she was atop the leaderboard at 4-under with Na Yeon Choi. Thompson, the 2008 U.S. Junior Girls' champion, is playing her fifth LPGA event. She is the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open and has played in the national championship three times. She tied for low amateur honors at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with Tiffany Joh earlier this year.
Mell, a senior writer, is a 30-year veteran and covers the PGA and LPGA tours for Golf Channel.