Alexis Thompson is seriously considering turning pro at 15.
Thompson, a home-schooled ninth-grader from Coral Springs, Fla., is looking at the possibility of shedding her amateur status after the Curtis Cup matches June 11-13 at Essex County Club in Massachusetts.
“We’re exploring our options,” her father, Scott, said by telephone Thursday night. “It’s not for sure. We haven’t made an official announcement, but it’s definitely a possibility.”
Thompson, who turned 15 on Wednesday, is the younger sister of PGA Tour pro Nicholas Thompson. She is the No. 1 women’s amateur and No. 1 girls’ junior in the nation. She became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open when she was 12. She won the U.S. Junior Girls’ in 2008, has claimed two Junior PGA championships and made it to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur last summer. She tied for low amateur honors at the Kraft Nabisco Championship last spring.
Scott Thompson said he has no plans to petition the LPGA for a waiver of its requirement that LPGA members be 18 years old, but he said his daughter would be interested if she knew she could get a waiver.
“There are plenty of places to play,” Scott said of his daughter's professional options. “Lexi could play 12, 15 to 18 tournaments.”
Thompson could play in six LPGA events on sponsor’s exemptions as a non-member. Her father said she would also go through qualifying to try to make it to the U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open. That’s eight possibilities. She will play as an amateur in the Australian Women’s Open next month and has other options in Australia and Europe.