There is no doubt golf is getting younger, despite the fact that a 40-something won the British Open for the second straight year, but a 10-year-old making waves in a big golf event? That's absolutely insane.
Don't tell that to Latanna Stone. The Valrico, Fla., product shot 70 to win medalist honors in her U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier, becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the USGA event.
And Stone is 10. She's 10 years old. Ten.
That means she's in fifth grade, at an age when most kids are wondering which band instrument to play or what acne medication to try out, not which flight to take to the Country Club in Cleveland for a major golf tournament.
Stone's accomplishment means she is two years younger than the pervious youngest Women's Amateur qualifier, but it isn't like she's some slouch. The great Beth Ann Baldry did a profile on her when Stone was 9 (!), finding out stuff like that she has 100 career wins in junior tournaments under her belt, and that she really believes she can be No. 1 in the world someday.
The best part of the Baldry profile from last January? This quote, from Jan Bowers of Lincoln, Ill. "She's really refined for a 9-year-old." I'm fairly certain nobody ever said that about 9-year-old me.
If you want to learn more about the 10-year-old phenom, you don't have to go far. She has a Twitter account (@latannastone) and and her own official website, which even has a "fan community."
Needless to say, I think the people around her thinks she's pretty darn good.
(Video of Stone from April, 2012)