Updated: Jul 2, 2003, 4:06 PM

Vote: Minors at the Major

Sydney Burlison
Irons in hand and metal in mouth, teenagers take to the Open.
The Women's U.S. Open is about to tee off. The defending champ is 43-year-old Juli Inkster, named Golf Digest's Rookie of the Year in 1983 -- years before much of this year's competition was even born.

Among the field of 156, Inkster will be competing against 14 teenagers. Sydney Burlison, the youngest at the Open, is 13 years old -- the same age as Inkster's daughter. Sydney is nine days younger than phenom Michelle Wie, who recently became the youngest player to win a USGA adult title.

In addition to the 14 teens, there are, of course, the 'old' favorites. Annika Sorenstam, the 32-year-old Swede, won the Open in 1995 and '96, and Karrie Webb, the 28-year-old Aussie, took the Open in 2000 and '01.

Only one woman will emerge as the Open champ, but this event's legacy may well live on as first major battle between youth and experience. They're about to tee off, so pencil in your predictions today!


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