As teenagers wilted under the pressure of possibly winning the LPGA U.S. Open, a 23-year-old South Korean named Birdie Kim rammed home a more-lucky-than-skilled birdie from the bunker on the 18th hole at Cherry Hills last Sunday to win the coveted title.
Her closest competition, 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, couldn't believe the shot rolled in and won the tournament for Kim. Michelle Wie, 15, showed her age with a final-round meltdown of epic proportion.
If teenagers and 20-somethings for other nations are in contention for the U.S. Open, it begs the question: "Where are America's young, black female golfers?"
Yes, golf is an expensive proposition. However, are any golf coaches in the St. Louis area finding African-American girls who excel in track and field or basketball, putting a club in their hand and taking them to a driving range?
Currently, high school girls who can shoot par on an average course are in line to receive a full-ride athletic scholarship to many major universities.
It seems that tall, thin and attractive women athletes are all the rage in tennis and golf right now, and the African-American community has more than its share of gifted athletes who also are also beautiful.
With 17-year-olds challenging for the women's U.S. Open championship, shouldn't black parents who play golf have their daughters as well as their sons out on the course with them at a young age?
The LPGA could certainly use more black players - actually, any black players - and that organization should be doing all it can to attract black women athletes to the sport of golf.
Either that, or get ready for teenagers and golfers from overseas to dominate the LPGA for years to come.