It’s time to showcase the rising – and fashionable – stars in the game. Meet Karah Sanford, a 8-year-old from San Diego. According to her Web site, she won 25 tournaments last year, including the 8-and-under division at the San Diego Junior Amateur. She shot 66-65 on a par-58 course.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see an LPGA major trophy join the collection already on her mantel.
I caught up with Sanford to talk about her on-course style.
You recently cut your hair to help cancer patients. Why did you do that, and how you are enjoying your new look?
Well, I love to give my hair away because I know that it really helps people who need it. Mine will grow back, and then I can just do it again. I feel so bad for all the kids who have lost their hair, and I just want to help them.
As far as my new look goes, I like my hair short or long. It’s fun to try different styles and play around with different looks.
Who is your LPGA fashion role model and why?
Paula Creamer. She looks to me like we could be sisters. She has blue eyes, blond hair and loves pink, just like me. I also love the way she dresses, and she is always smiling. She took the time to sign my hat, even though she was in a hurry to get to her tee box. I think she’s a good role model for young girls to look up to.
What do you think about how the men dress on the PGA Tour?
Well, they obviously don’t dress as well as the LPGA women do. But there’s still hope for them. I think it’s fun to dress flashy like Ian Poulter does. I think it would be fun to see more players take on their own style. But at the same time, I think they should dress appropriately for the golf course. I still think it would be fun to see more players be more colorful.
What is your favorite golf brand and why?
I like Precept balls because Paula Creamer plays with them. They feel soft on my club and because – you guessed it – they’re pink!
What type of styles and colors are the players currently wearing on junior tours?
You see a lot of different styles out there that are cute, fun and flashy. I think kids, for the most part, like different styles and different fashions.
Do you have a final-round superstition?
I try to wear hot pink if I can, and I always like to use a pink Precept with a 33 on it. My dad always asks me why I want a 33. Really, I have no idea. I just like it.
What brand would you like to sign with when you make it to the LPGA?
Precept. Is that OK with Paula?
Do you have any fairway fashion advice for Golfweek.com readers?
I think you should wear whatever is comfortable and makes you happy. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with pink!