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June 25, 2013

11-year-old calms down to fire 85 in 1st round

THOMPSONVILLE — Anika Dy was easy to spot, but didn’t look out of place.

The 11-year-old Traverse City resident shot an opening-round 85 in her first tournament against professionals Monday in the Michigan PGA Women’s Open.

At barely 5 feet tall and just over 100 pounds, the Traverse City West Middle School student was the youngest player in the field — by almost five years.

“It was a little intimidating at first,” Dy said. “My nerves were really high. But then it kind of calmed down and I did better towards the end.”

Her instructor is Crystal Mountain pro Scott Wilson, so she’s familiar with the course. But she hadn’t played it from the pro tees before.

“I thought it was pretty good,” Dy said. “Just because how long it was and how I couldn’t reach some of the holes (with drives). ... I’m pretty proud of my score. I really think my hybrids were good, because I had to use them a lot to get to the greens.”

California’s Maddelyn Zack is the tournament’s next youngest golfer. She’ll turn 16 in early October. Then there are two 17-year-olds and a handful of 18-year-olds in the field.

First round playing partner Clarissa Childs of South Carolina is 27 years Dy’s senior.

“We had a great time,” Childs said. “She’s a great kid and very mature for her age. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about her in the future on the leader board.”

Childs would know. Six years ago, she was paired with a 14-year-old Michelle Wie at the LPGA Tour’s Michelob Ultra Open in 2004.

“She has tons of potential,” Childs said of Dy. “She’s very sweet and has a bright future ahead of here. She hit the ball pretty straight and never really got in any trouble.”

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