11-year-old golfer makes history at World Am
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:36:57 GMT —
If you're a golf fan, remember the name Kayla Parsons from Carolina Forest. At 11 years old, Kayla made history in the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Golf Championship this week.
Kayla made it to the final playoffs in the World Am this week, the youngest golfer ever to win a flight of 48 players.
Her goal is to make it to the Ladies' PGA pro tour and she's convinced she has a real shot at it.
"Because I think I have the potential, because I've been working really hard and trying to get there," Kayla said Friday, after finishing her playoff round at the TPC Course in Murrells Inlet.
Kayla's parents aren't golfers themselves and were taken by surprise when she came home from school one day in 2007 to announce she wanted to take up golf.
Now, Ed and Kathy Parsons are her biggest fans, though this week, that brought a certain amount of stress.
"I wouldn't look. Whenever she got ready to hit, tee off, I'd turn around and wouldn't look until after she hit," dad Ed Parsons said.
The adults who played in the same foursome as Kayla say they were impressed enough with her abilities that she could be the next golf superstar.
"She's phenomenal, she's got a beautiful swing, she hits a perfect shot," said Michael Caithaner of Chicago. "She'll be on the tour in a couple of years."
"Looking forward to having her on the tour soon," said Dana Boyette of Nashville, TN, who played alongside Kayla and drove the golf cart for her. "I need to get her to sign my card."
Kayla has her golf heroes, but she knows who her real role models are.
"Probably my family and friends, because they support me through the whole way and help me get better," she said.
Like any golfer, Kayla occasionally has an off day. She finished with a 13 over par 85 on Friday. Not the finish she hoped for, but good enough to rank in the top 70 of more than 3,000 golfers.
Her consolation prize? She got an autograph from former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens.
And her family couldn't be prouder of her performance.
"We believe in her and we'll support her in any way we can," he dad said.
Kayla played in the World Am last year as well and was at the time the youngest female to compete in the tournament.