For the Love of the Fans: Lexi Thompson

In 2007 while helping my wife improve her golf, we noticed a 12-year-old named Lexi qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. She reminded us very much of our great niece, Leighanna. We followed her career as much as we could, finding TV coverage and news clips.
In 2011, we postponed our anniversary trip in early May to coincide with the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Atlantic City to see her play in person. The experience was one of the most enjoyable we have ever had. I cannot say enough about Lexi, her mom and dad and all the members of the LPGA Tour and the tournament sponsors. They were all extremely pleasant and went out of their way to accommodate us. I was so impressed that I volunteered to marshal this year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, again moving our anniversary trip to coincide with the event. It was an experience of a lifetime. All the volunteers were exceptional and friendly. We also got to spend more time with Lexi and her mom. Fantastic people!
The LPGA Tour players know how to treat the spectators and promote their tour. I highly recommend attending LPGA events and volunteering if you can. It is something you will never forget! They are much more accessible and friendly to the fans than the other tours, and the fans are better-behaved. I find it amazing there are not more attendees at the events, especially at the practice rounds when you can interact with your favorite players without fear of interfering with their game, and they are free!
Mitch Kirkuff

Topics: For the Love of the Fans, Thompson, Lexi

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