Three Stars of the American Women’s Olympic Golf Team
After a 112-year hiatus, the sport of women’s golf is finally allowed to reclaim its place on the Olympic stage. While this is the third time in history that golf has been included in the program, this is only the second occasion that women from any nation have been invited to compete at the Olympic level. But when American female golfers swept the podium in Paris in the summer of 1900, they paved the way for three accomplished U.S. female golfers to grace the Olympic stage.
And here they are!
2007 marked the year that Lexi Thompson, now 21-years old, became the youngest woman to qualify for the U.S. women’s open at the age of 12. With two golfing parents and two brothers in pro golf (PGA and Web.com tours) Lexi was born into the sport, but has never taken success as a given. Her hard work and long list of career highlights (including a recent first place title at the 2016 Honda LGPA in Thailand) have earned her this position on the world stage.
Since going pro in 2008, she has claimed no fewer than 11 individual LGPA titles, including two majors. But Lewis, 31, is no stranger to working as part of a team. This Ohio native has three Solheim Cups under her belt, competing as a part of team play. Perhaps the most sensational story, however, is this accomplished pro’s second reason for heading to Rio this summer. Having recently wed Gerrod Chadwell, head coach of the Houston women’s golf team, the happy couple also plans to spend their honeymoon in Brazil.
While most Olympic athletes have been training in their sport since a very young age, Gerina Piller, now 31, took an atypical path to her spot at the top. After spending much of her youth as a volleyball player, Piller finally came to golf at the age of 15—late for such an accomplished player. She has clearly dedicated herself to the sport, however, with 30 career top-ten finishes on the LGPA tour, among other honors. Gerina is also married to PGA Tour member, Martin Piller.
Olympic Women’s Golf is scheduled for Thursday, August 17-20.