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Thompson, 12, to embark on record-setting appearance

Updated: June 26, 2007, 5:10 PM ET
By Bob Harig | Special to ESPN.com

For a 12-year-old girl heading into the seventh grade, it was all a bit overwhelming. Not the scores she was shooting against golfers twice her age -- and beyond -- in an attempt to make it to this week's U.S. Women's Open. In retrospect, that was the easy part.

No, it was all the attention that came with the accomplishment. The reporters and the camera crews and the hysteria. Answering the same questions over and over. The limelight.

And when they descended upon her home course last ...

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