Latanna Stone shot 70 to win medalist honors and lead six other U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifiers July 13 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla.
Stone is just 4 feet, 8 inches and weighs less than 100 pounds. But even more remarkable, she’s only 10 years old.
Stone, of Valrico, Fla., who turns 11 in September, becomes the youngest-ever qualifier for the Women’s Amateur, which will be played Aug. 6-12 at the Country Club in Cleveland.
Michelle Wie was just a bit younger when, at age 10, she qualified for the 2000 Women’s Amateur Public Links. Allisen Corpuz, who qualified for the 2008 WAPL at 10 years and 3 months old, is the youngest qualifier for a U.S. Golf Association event.
Stone isn’t an unknown golfer, however. She has won more than 100 tournaments, according to the Florida State Golf Association. Her swing coach is Charlotta Sorenstam, a winner on the LPGA Tour and sister of Annika Sorenstam. Stone even has her own website and twitter account (@LatannaStone).
Stone has aspirations of being the No. 1 golfer in the world. This is a start.
“Some kids will say that and don’t really know what they’re talking about,” Charlotta Sorenstam said of Stone wanting to be No. 1 in a Jan. 5, 2011, story by Golfweek writer Beth Ann Baldry. “She does.”