BEAVERTON -- Gigi Stoll is just a freshman at Beaverton High but she is already one of the best young golfers in the world.
In the past few weeks, the 15-year-old won the Oregon 6A State High School golf championship. That was nice, but then she won a USGA Sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay near San Francisco.
Gigi beat a field of pros and top amateurs to earn a spot in the U.S. Women's Open.
It's incredible, says Gigi, It's actually the biggest highlight of my career so far. It's just a really great feeling.
Gigi took up the game at the age of five and plays at Portland Golf Club. Within a few years, she was dazzling those around her on the golf course.
A lot of parents talk about their kids and they've done this and done that and I've actually been hesitant to do it, says her dad and caddie, Mike Stoll, because it's almost like the stories aren't real. For example, she shot three 68's from the men's black tees(at Portland Golf Club) when she was 12 years old, and it's like, you don't believe what you're seeing, but now it's coming true and the biggest tournaments.
There are no tournaments bigger in the women's game than the U.S. Open, which will be held at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin starting July 5th. Stoll will spend a few days with the likes of Paula Creamer, Juli Inkster and Natalie Gulbis.
I enjoy meeting new people, says Gigi, I enjoy hearing the sound of the ball as it enters the hole. It's just an all-around sport. Probably the hardest game in the world.
Her goal at the Open is to be low amateur. She also has hopes of playing college golf at Stanford, and then turning pro.