MOBILE, AL (WLOX) - Lexi Thompson is considered one of the favorites to win this week's Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, and for good reason. Thompson finished 2nd last year, and was the leader going into the final round in 2011.
To watch her hit a golf ball is an impressive sight. Thompson is already one of the best players on tour, and she is only 18 years of age.
Thompson first got the attention of the golf world, when she qualified to play in the U.S. Open at the age of 12. No one that young had ever done that before. In 2011, she became the youngest to ever win an LPGA event.
"To get that first win under my belt, it was the best feeling I could ever have," Thompson said when we talked to her prior to the start of the tournament in Mobile.
Don't think for a moment that all this success has gone to her head. She is still very grounded and in some ways, your typical teen who likes movies and hanging out with friends. She also enjoys interacting with fans on tour.
As Lexi puts it, she loves the life she is living.
"I am following my dreams, and that is what I want people to know that you can think big and do whatever you set your mind to."
For her senior prom last year in South Florida, Lexi conducted an on line contest to win a prom date with her. There were a lot of entries, but the person she chose says a lot about her character.
"I took a wounded warrior to my prom, Lance Corporal Mark Scott. It went really well. It was an honor to bring somebody so special to my heart and to my prom," she said.
Lexi still stays in touch with Corporal Scott, as well as many of the other wounded warriors who responded to her prom contest.
We asked if her mom and dad were there in the living room waiting when she got home, with a smile on her face she said, "Oh yea, they're parents. What do you expect."
Lexi Thompson is an impressive lady in so many ways. You will be hearing her name for many years to come.