WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT AGE 11?

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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