This week I have golf on my mind since I’m working as a volunteer at the LPGA Shootout over in Irving, Texas. I’m taking a week off from my series on the Constitution, but I’ll get back to it next week.
Monday afternoon I posted a photo of myself with this young lady, Karah Sanford, on Facebook. At the time I knew very little about her other than that I was impressed by her.
I told her mother about watching another young lady spend well over an hour just practicing on the chipping green and that Karah could probably benefit from doing likewise. Tuesday morning the first time I saw them, Karah was hitting chip shots. I watched for a good 20 or 30 minutes, and most of her shots ended up within a three or four foot circle around the pin she was aiming at. I was impressed all over again.
While we were chatting, Karah told me she hoped to get onto the LPGA Tour out of high school, and I told her she needed to do things to bring attention to herself so she could get endorsement offers from companies. Talk about putting one’s foot in one’s mouth!
After I got home Tuesday, I looked Karah up on Facebook. She has both a personal page and a page as a golfer. When I got there, I found a link that lists her accomplishments in golf. – https://sites.google.com/site/karahsanford/wins-tracker. Speaking of doing things to bring attention to herself!
Remember, this young lady is 14 years old. She’s won the San Diego Junior Amateur Championship 6 years in a row. That means her first win was before her 10th birthday. We’re not talking about some town in upper Maine or North Dakota where the weather keeps golf from being important. San Diego is probably as active a venue for golf as anywhere in the country.
She won the Callaway Junior World Championship at 5 under par. At age 11, she won the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst—a world class venue that has hosted several majors. She passed up a chance to defend in order to play in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. These are grown women, but at age 12 she made it to the match play rounds, earning her place among the top 64 female amateur golfers in the world. I’ve mentioned just a few of her accomplishments. She has won over 100 golf tournaments.
Karah has photos of herself with Kathy Whitworth and Paula Creamer. I can’t imagine what more a 14 year-old could have done in any sport. If this young lady isn’t winning LPGA tournaments in a few years, I’ll be amazed.
Before I knew of all these accomplishments, I told her to remember that I was one of her first fans. Knowing what I know now, I’m sure she has tons of fans, but she’s so gracious she acted like I was her only one. If she can keep the unassuming modesty she currently exhibits, she be a role model everyone can fall in love with one of these days. Watch for the name Karah Sanford to become a household name in a few years.
My hat’s off to you, Karah Sanford. Keep doing what you’re doing.
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