Lexi Thompson

PGA Junior Tour Alumni Spotlight: Lexi Thompson

As you may have seen, two weeks ago 19 year old former SFPGA junior member and current LPGA Tour superstar Lexi Thompson became the second-youngest women’s major winner in history by winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.  This victory not only gave Thompson her 4th LPGA win, but her first (of what many believe many) major titles.  What you may not know is that winning big tournaments at an unprecedentedly young age has become Thompson’s forte.

Back in 2005, the then 10 year old Coral Springs native qualified for the South Florida Junior PGA Championship in the girl’s 16-17 age division.  Thompson, who was a 4th-grader at the time, not only qualified against girls 6 and 7 years older than her, she went on to shoot back to back 69’s and win the Championship by 9 strokes.  The victory qualified her to the National Junior PGA Championship (formally called the Westfield Junior PGA Championship) and made her the youngest competitor in the events history.    

Despite her remarkable 2005 season, it would dull in comparison to what she would accomplish in 2007.  The then 12 year old would not only put her name in the national spotlight, she would also go on to rewrite history books.  In the 2007 season, Thompson again qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship, but this time she wasn’t there to compete as the youngest player in the field, she was there to win.  In the final round, Thompson was paired with the reigning Women’s U.S. Amateur Champion Kimberly Kim.  Thompson found herself in an early deficit to Kim after the first 11 holes, but that all changed heading to the 12th tee.  Thompson went on to birdie four of the next five holes and take a 1 stroke victory over Kim and claim her title as the youngest Champion of the National Junior PGA Championship.  Aside from this great accomplishment, Thompson wasn’t finished making history in 2007 just yet.  The 12 year old also managed to become the youngest player to qualify for the Women’s US Amateur and also won the Aldia Junior Classic to become the second youngest winner on the American Junior Golf Associations tour.

Lexi would go on to win the National Junior PGA Championship again in 2009 as well as make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open and finish tied for 34th.  Later that same year the 14-year old Monday-Qualified for the Navistar LPGA Classic and went on to finish tied for 27th in the event.  Mid-way through 2010, Thompson decided to give up her Amateur status and turn professional.  Since then, she has already won 6 LPGA events including the recent Major Championship Victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Lexi Thompson is just one of many former SFPGA Junior Tour Members that are currently on their way to making a big impact in amateur and professional golf.  We here at the South Florida PGA wish Lexi all the best and can’t wait for her next victory!