At the age of 14, she played in the Sony Open in Hawaii in January 2004 as an amateur and shot a two-under-par 68 in her second round to become the first woman to record a sub-par round in a men’s PGA Tour event.
In 2000, at age 10, she was the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur tournament. At 12, she became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA professional tournament at the Takefuji Classic.
In 2003 she finished ninth at the Nabisco Championship, the first of the four major championships on the LPGA Tour. She also made the cut five times on the Tour, including the US Women’s Open, and won the US Women’s Public Links Championship, becoming the youngest winner in the tournament’s 108-year history.