Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Alexis Thompson Beat a Whole Bunch of Dudes
There are a few female golfers that will force you to stop walking and stare at them as they hit range balls. Michelle Wie swinging a driver is one of them. Natalie Gulbis, for other reasons, is another. And then there is Alexis Thompson, swinging a long iron. I caddied for a friend at an event in Arkansas, and as a celebrity was being interviewed on one side of the range, I was standing in the middle, watching Thompson pulverize iron after iron deep down the range.
She has the game to be a big star, and that was shown again this week, when the 16-year-old beat a bunch of guys in a mini tour event in Florida. Thompson shot a 68, good enough to get her in a playoff against a gentleman named Brett Bergeron, who went ahead and three-putted the first playoff hole to lose to Thompson.
Total number of dudes beat? 76. Ouch.
Listen, I know these girls are good, or whatever the slogan is, but there is a demoralizing characteristic in every man when he gets smoked by a chick. That's just how we work. I remember in college, deciding, because I'm obviously not smart, to play tennis against a girl that was on the USC tennis team. It ended about as well as you'd expect. Hey, at least she was cute.