Lucy Li, has qualified for the US Women’s Open golf and become the youngest golfer to ever qualify for this tournament.
At 11 years of age I was hitting a mean ball at handball, collecting footy cards and I think The Simpsons had just come to our television screens, so I was watching Bart and all his antics. Actually, I didn’t grow up with a television, so that last bit is all hearsay.
I was in the 12A’s cricket and rugby team (there was only one team, but I’ll still take the honour) and I was proud of that.
I did have braces like Li, but that’s about where the similarities end.
I definitely wasn’t competing with adults on the world stage.
It’s an incredible feat….but more incredible is, Li may still be upstaged. Alexa Pano, is a nine year old and still has one last chance to qualify for this event which runs from 19-22 June, 2014.
England’s most famous female golfer, Laura Davies, also qualified for her 26th US Women’s Open at age 50.
Li and Pano obviously have immense talent. It’s too young though. I think they should be held back. No-one has the maturity to handle the media and pressure at this age. They will benefit from waiting and it will prolong their career. Look at Michelle Wie- she hasn’t come on as she should have. Look at Jennifer Capriati, the tennis player. She was a prodigy and her career was short lived.
Capriati debuted at age 13. Three years later she was burnt out and took a 14 month break. She came back and ended up retiring before she was 25.
Let them enjoy their youth a bit longer.
What do you think? Is 11 years old too young to be thrust into the world spot light?
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