Alice Hodge – LPGA pro-in-training and seven years old – has worked hard on her game to accomplish something huge. She recently qualified to play in one of the biggest junior golf events in the world – the US Kid’s Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
There will be over 1,200 kids ages 12 and under from across the United States and more than 30 countries. Alice will be competing in the three-day tournament in August with about 50 girls her age from such far away places as New Zealand and the Czech Republic as well as many of the US states, including Florida, Texas and California.
As a result of all of her practice, Alice has won many first place victories and placed in the top three at the Jekyll Island Regional Championship in February. On Saturday May 22, Alice shot a great score of 40 (four over par) and came in first place for her age group at a World Championship Qualifier tournament held at Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis, Massachusetts.
“She is a putting machine,” says Debiane Peter, a golf friend’s mom.
“Pretty good for a seven-year-old,” says Angela Garvin, a nine-year-old fellow golfer.
“I am so proud of Alice,” says her dad, Russell Hodge.
Her mom, Christy Hodge, says, “It’s amazing how much Alice has improved since she first started playing in tournaments a little less than a year ago. She has improved her score by 30 strokes on nine holes.”
When I asked Alice about her game, she said, “I feel surprised and shocked because in just one week, I shaved six strokes off my personal best score of 46. I just play my own game and do not pay attention to what the other players are doing. Now I’m even beating my dad! I was so amazed that I actually qualified for the World Championship because I didn’t think I would do it.”
Alice is a second grader at Murray Avenue Elementary School in Ms. Marchewka’s class and practices her golf at Bonnie Briar Country Club on Weaver Street.