June 25, 2003
Pelham- Move over Michelle Wie, the next young superstar in women's golf is eight year old Madison Manning. Although the third grader at Cross Creek elementary school in Thomasville is a little camera shy, there's nothing bashful about her game.
During a round at Pelham's Pinecrest Country Club she made a par five look like mere child's play by scoring an eagle! But it didn't stop there, the very next hole she hit the flag stick and finished with a birdie.
Her father, Brett was not at all surprised. "Not really, like I said yesterday she went double eagle and then missed her eagle by a foot and then she also had two birdies in the same round," Brett Manning said.
Brett Manning is not only Madison's father but also her caddie. "It's a great family sport and we enjoy getting out together, and like you said it's a good bonding time for me and her."
And Madison's unique ability has not gone unnoticed, in fact she's currently preparing to compete in next month's Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California. "It's one thing to be the best softball player on your team or the best all-star player in the town. She doesn't realize this is the worldwide , she's one of the top golfers in the world," Brett said.
And after she conquers the world, Madison hopes to one day rule supreme on the LPGA where she just may join the likes of her favorite golfer. "Annika Sorenstam," Madison said.
And if that dream does come true, she won't have to look far at all for a caddie.
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