When Gianna Clemente was asked if she pictures herself pursuing professional golf after she finishes school or if she has another vocation in mind, she confidently answered without a moment’s hesitation.
“Yeah, I want to be on the LPGA tour,” the 11-year-old said. “I want to be one of the best of all time.”
Given her self-assuredness and talent, she has a good shot.
Gianna, who considers Lexi Thompson and Ryann O’Toole role models, became the third-youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Amateur in the event’s 119-year history when she shot 1-under 71 at the Williamsburg, Va., qualifier on July 3.
The only younger players to compete in the U.S. Women’s Amateur were Lucy Li (10 years, 10 months and four days) in 2013 and Latanna Stone (10 years, 11 months and two days) in 2012. Neither golfer qualified for the match-play portion of the event. Gianna will be 11 years, 4 months and 14 days old when the championship begins next month.
The 5-foot-1, rising sixth-grader from Warren, Ohio, rallied from a tough front nine in her qualifier,…