Crafton knows her golf and has high ambitions

Roger LaLonde Staff
Paige Crafton, one of the top Indiana high school golfers, poses with the bust of golfing great Gene Sarazen at the Island Country Club. Crafton hopes to one day be on the LPGA tour.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Paige Crafton, one of the top Indiana high school golfers, poses with the bust of golfing great Gene Sarazen at the Island Country Club. Crafton hopes to one day be on the LPGA tour.

Paige Crafton knows golf.

While visiting with her grandmother Elizabeth Crafton on Marco Island, she talked about how she has been playing since 5.

She won many small tournaments, then came of age for a young golfer when she won the U.S. Kids World Championship at 12 years old at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club.

A junior at Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, Ind., she led her team to the state championship two straight years. Playing golf in the fall, her team won the city, sectional and regional championships for the first time. She was third in individual play in the state championship. She has been named to the Indiana High School All-State team two straight years.

The lefty has a 1 handicap. She thinks being a lefty has its golf benefits.

“With the majority of golfers playing from the right side, I think the holes are set up better, right from the tee box,” she said. “I usually hit a draw shot that works out very well.”

The 55’11”, 165 pounder can hammer the ball. Her average drive is 275 yards.

“My weakness is shots around the green,” she said.

Weather also plays a factor. “You don’t get to practice chip shots around the green in the winter,” she said.

Her golf ambitions leads her to playing 21 tournaments this summer. One of her tournaments will be the U.S. Open Amateur Tournament in Colorado in June.

The 4.0 student plans on earning a college scholarship, then turning professional in her sophomore or junior year. Most of her summer tournaments are out of state, giving her the opportunity to be seen by more college coaches.

“I want to get my (LPGA) card then see how it goes,” she said.

With all the hard work she will do through tournaments and college play she will be ready when the time comes.

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