15 > GOLFER > Dallas
Jordan began swinging clubs when he was 18 months old, and 14 years later he's the top-ranked junior golfer. Seven months after winning the 2008 PING Invitational last October, the sophomore at Jesuit Dallas took the state title, shooting a seven-under 65 on the second day. Though he averages 290 yards off the tee, Jordan says, "My short game is definitely my strength."
Scott Verplank. The Dallas natives share a home course, Brookhaven Country Club. At week's end Verplank ranked 140th in driving distance on the PGA Tour but fourth in accuracy; Jordan, too, spends most of his time on fairways.
"Jordan has an interesting mental outlook," says his swing coach, Cameron McCormick. "He's always searching for that next pinnacle, that next mountain to climb."
This month Jordan will compete in the U.S. Juniors; he finished third last year. In August he will compete against players of all ages at the Western Amateur. Jordan plans to go to college—"most likely for all four years," he says.
14 > TENNIS PLAYER > Boca Raton, Fla.
As a 12-year-old in 2007, Madison won the prestigious Eddie Herr and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. In April she made her WTA Tour debut at the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and beat 81st-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia. The straight-set victory on clay, her favorite surface, made Madison the seventh-youngest player to win a main-draw match in WTA history.
Venus Williams. "We're built similar," says Madison, who's 5'11" and grew up idolizing the elder Williams sister. "We both have big serves, and we both like our forehands. I didn't really plan to [model my game after Venus]—it just kind of happened."
"Mentally, she's fearless," says John Evert, head of the Evert Tennis Academy. "She likes to move forward and be aggressive. For a 14-year-old girl, she serves as big as most of the women on the circuit."
Madison made just one WTA start this year because of her age; she can play only a limited number of tournaments until she turns 18. Her goal is to win a Grand Slam title. Which of the four does she want most? "Any of the above."