Stone, 10, is youngest USGA qualifier
Latanna Stone shot 70 to win medalist honors and lead six other US Women’s Amateur qualifiers July 13 at the Wanderers Club in Wellington, Fla.
Stone is just 4 feet 8 and weighs less than 100 pounds. But even more remarkable, she’s just 10 years old.
Stone, of Valrico, Fla., is the youngest person to qualify for a USGA event, making the field for the US Women’s Amateur, which will take place Aug. 6-12 at The Country Club in Cleveland. The previous record is 12 years old.
Stone isn’t an unknown, however. She has won more than 100 tournaments, according to the Florida State Golf Association. Her swing coach is Charlotta Sorenstam, a winner on the LPGA Tour and sister of Annika Sorenstam. Stone even has her own website and twitter account (@LatannaStone).
Stone has aspirations of being No. 1 in the world.
“Some kids will say that and don’t really know what they’re talking about,” Charlotta Sorenstam said of Stone wanting to be No. 1 in a January 2011 story by Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry. “She does.”