Lexi Thompson believes having full LPGA membership will help elevate her game next season.
“I was so excited,” Thompson said in a media conference call Friday after she was granted full LPGA membership for the 2012 season. “I’ve been waiting for that moment. Knowing I will play full time next year, it’s very exciting to me, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Thompson, 16, made the call from Los Angeles, where she’s on vacation. She played Bel-Air Country Club on Friday.
Thompson has made $237,297 in eight LPGA starts this year with a victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic. She made $336,272 in five LPGA starts as a pro last year. She will likely make more LPGA starts next year than the last two years combined, though her agent, Bobby Kreusler, said she’s aiming only to play around 20 times worldwide in 2012.
“It’s definitely going to help my game,” Thompson said. “I like playing a lot. I like playing every week, or every other week. Getting more experience is definitely going to help my game.”
Thompson said she isn't worried about burnout after making the start to her pro career so early.
'I love the game,” she said. “If I want to take a day off, I take a day off, but I love practicing. I look forward to just hitting balls, or going out to play and trying to shoot low. I don’t think I’ll ever get burned out because it’s what I love, and I enjoy it so much.”
Thompson will play the CME Group Titleholders in Orlando as a non-member Nov. 17-20. The only other event she’s considering the rest of the 2011 season is the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters Dec. 14-17 on the Ladies European Tour. She'll also be attending LPGA rookie orientation on Dec. 5 in Daytona Beach, Fla.