Last Saturday morning I was tied for the lead at the Safeway LPGA Championship and paired in the final group with Dottie Pepper. Although I'm only 14, leading was no big deal. I've played in three LPGA tournaments. Last March at the Nabisco Championship, I was paired with Dottie in Sunday's final group.
My twin sister and I, along with our brother, Chan—he's 17 and recently committed to play at Georgia Tech—attend the David Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, Fla. We spend half the day in school and half on the course. Many people think we're robots who do nothing but eat, sleep and drink golf. Well, we do play lots of golf, but we're not programmed to do only one thing. In fact if I hadn't played so well in Portland, I would have spent the weekend hanging out at the mall, like many of my 10th-grade classmates.
Some of my friends love baseball and tennis, and they play those sports all day. Chan, Naree and I are just like them, only we're nuts about golf. We love to play, to follow the tours and to read about the game's history. Sometimes, instead of practicing, I go to the beach or fish for bass in the lake behind our house (as long as Naree takes the slimy things off the hook). More often than not, though, I practice golf because I enjoy the rewards, like traveling around the country to tournaments, which are a blast.
The best part of golf is that I get to spend time with my best friend—Naree. She's my biggest competitor, but I root for her more than I root for myself. Last week when she missed the cut by a shot, I felt sad. For a while, I even forgot I was tied for the lead.
Reporters often ask, When are you turning pro? That's a silly question. Being the top two players on the LPGA is our dream, but people forget that we're only 14 and want to have fun. For us, that means shopping, fishing, hanging out and playing lots of golf.