Put Annie Park, 16, of Levittown is at the top of the list of young people who think golf is cool. She always did.
She began by accompanying her mom to Spring Rock Golf Center in New Hyde Park and was hooked. She entered national junior tournaments and studied in Florida with Sean Foley, before Foley coached Tiger Woods.
This week, Park made herself a national name when she beat Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur in Bandon, Ore., before losing in the semifinals to Brianna Do.
Park is looking toward the Futures and LPGA Tours and is being recruited by colleges. At a time when golf industry people are concerned about captivating the young generation, she said, "A lot of my friends don't like to play golf. They say, 'It's so boring.' But I have a lot of friends who say, 'It's so cool' and they're really interested in my competitions."
Lardon started on LIBrad Lardon got his start in golf when he was growing up in the Old Chester Hills section of Huntington. His mom brought Brad and his brother Michael to Huntington Country Club, dropped them off for lessons with pro Mike Joyce so they would have something to do with their summer. It gave Brad something to do with his life.
This past week, he tied for fifth at the PGA Professional National Championship (7 under par) and qualified for the PGA Championship, to be in Atlanta next month.