Sixteen-year-old Lexi Thompson was granted a full-year LPGA Tour exemption for winning the Navistar LPGA Classic in September. A win like would normally be enough for any golfer to get automatic membership on the LPGA Tour. But Lexi Thompson is not like any other golfer. She is just sixteen years old, and Tour rules state that to become a LPGA Tour member, one needs to be at least 18 years old.
LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan had already made an exception for Lexi Thompson by granting her permission to attend LPGA Qualifying School. She was on her way to qualifying for the Tour through the school when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama and immediately filed for an exemption for the 2012 LPGA Tour.
However, receiving the exemption is not enough for Lexi as she would like to become a LPGA Tour member. Her agent Bobby Kreusler petitioned for membership, asking the LPGA Tout to overlook age restrictions. If Lexi is given a favorable answer, she will be able to participate in more events and plan her schedule ahead.
Thompson who is about to graduate from homeschool will play in about twenty competitions both in the US and abroad in addition to studying.
And though there is a good reason the LPGA tour has an age limitation, Lexi has showed that she is dedicated, responsible and goal-oriented. She displayed all the qualities that any LPGA Tour member should possess and proved that she can hold her own in pro tournaments.