Alexa Pano

Alexa Pano (born August 20, 2004)[1] is an American amateur golfer. She was featured in the 2013 documentary film The Short Game.[2]

Early life

Pano was born in Westborough, Massachusetts, and her parents divorced when she was a baby. She has since lived with her father, Rick, in Lake Worth, Florida. She began playing golf at the age of 5.[3]

At the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, then-7-year-old Pano and a group of her fellow competitors were filmed for The Short Game. At that point, she was only spending mornings at Citrus Cove Elementary School and taking the remainder of her classes through Florida Virtual School so that she could focus on golf. In the film, she said that she wanted to be the first woman to play in a tournament at Augusta, a feat that she accomplished seven years later when she competed in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur.[4][5]

Career

Pano was the first three-time national finalist in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition.[6] She is tied for most U.S. Kids Golf World Championships with five in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016.[7]

Pano was the youngest golfer to play a LPGA of Japan Tour event when she played the 2016 Yonex Ladies Open at the age of 11.[8][9] At 13, Pano played in her first LPGA Tour event, the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.[10] The same year, she represented the United States for a win in the Junior Ryder Cup.[11]

In 2019, she became the youngest player in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur.[12] She also qualified for the U.S. Women's Open, the youngest golfer that year.[13] She played for the winning team in the 2019 Junior Solheim Cup.

U.S. national team appearances

  • Junior Ryder Cup: 2018 (winners)
  • Junior Solheim Cup: 2019 (winners)

References

  1. ^ "Biography". Alexa Pano.
  2. ^ Strege, John (April 26, 2019). "Alexa Pano, 14, and Amari Avery, 15, featured in 'The Short Game,' are a team in U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball". Golf Digest. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Fairholm, Sean. "Alexa Pano Feature". Global Golf Post. Retrieved July 10, 2019 – via read.nxtbook.com.
  4. ^ Andrews, Dave (March 21, 2019). "Golf's Next New Sensation – Alexa Pano". WomensGolf.com. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  5. ^ Boyette, John (April 2, 2019). "Alexa Pano has chance to make her dream come true at Augusta National Women's Amateur". The Augusta Chronicle. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pano, Grewal earn Drive, Chip and Putt Championship titles". AJGA. March 29, 2017. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Multiple World Champions". U.S. Kids Golf Foundation. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Meet the First Three-Time Finalist". www.drivechipandputt.com. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Evenson, John (July 1, 2016). "11-Year-Old Lake Worth golf phenom makes LPGA history in Japan". WPEC. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  10. ^ Evenson, John (July 6, 2018). "Lake Worth's Alexa Pano caps off first U.S. LPGA event with even par round and a big smile". WPEC. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Evenson, John (September 24, 2018). "Lake Worth's Alexa Pano hits clutch putt for big win at Junior Ryder Cup in Paris". WPEC. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Alexa Pano has moved on from her role in the 'The Short Game'". Golfweek. February 24, 2019. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  13. ^ Arkush, Michael (May 30, 2019). "Home-schooled and 260 off the tee, Alexa Pano, 14, shoots 75 at U.S. Women's Open". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

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