Cambridge Christian prep golfer has big goals for 2017

By Mike Cairns, Spectrum Sports
Last Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017, 4:05 PM EDT

Latanna Stone was two years old when she picked up her first golf club, well actually it wasn't hers it was her dad's. She began wacking around with his club and "being sort of a pain" as the Cambridge Christian junior describes before her father took matters into his own hand and cut down a broomstick for her to use and later gave her a plastic golf club, from that point on she was hooked.

"I was five when I started playing tournaments, I just fell in love with the game and I am pretty sure I was just born to play it"

Latanna won more then 100 tournaments by the age of 11 and also became the youngest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

She qualified for four USGA events by the age of 15, and is coming off the U.S. Amateur in San Diego last weekend where she made it to the match play round of 64, quite an accomplishment for someone still so young at the sport.

Latanna's goal is to play on the LPGA tour and one of it's biggest stars has taken notice, Natalie Gulbis was out to watch her play last weekend at the U.S Amateur.

"I couldn't beleive it when she came up to me and told me she was following me on instagram, I didn't know what to say"

The golf world is taking notice of this Valrico resident who admits she is not a big fan of practice, but loves when it comes tournament time. Latanna is home schooled but is allowed to play her high school golf at Cambridge Christian Academy, her goal is to win a indvidual state championship this year and everyone knows she has the game for it.

With two years left in high school no matter what Latanna decides to do she has already told her parents she intends on finishing high school before she decides her future.

"I have a few choices that I'm debating on either turning pro or going to college".

The colleges are lining up for Latanna including LSU, Auburn and Arizona just to name a few but first her junior season in high school awaits and she can't wait to attack the next goal of winning a state championship.