Stone, 10, qualifies for U.S. Women's Amateur
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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.”