A 15-year-old girl wants to play on the LPGA Tour. And, no, it's not Michelle Wie.
Hoping to capitalize on the influx of talented young golfers, Carmen Bandea sent a letter to the LPGA yesterday asking for a waiver of its requirement for players to turn 18 before becoming members of the women's tour.
Bandea wants to enter LPGA qualifying school this fall, which would give her a chance to earn her tour card for 2006. She has never played in an LPGA event, and failed in her attempts to qualify for both the men's U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open this year.
Still, Bandea believes she is ready to become a professional, at least on a limited basis.
"Hopefully they will let me in," she said from her home in suburban Atlanta. "There's no reason not to. If I can shoot the score, why not let me go play some tournaments?"
Bandea said she is not interested in a full-fledged pro career. At most, she only wants to play 10 LPGA events a year.
* PRO FOOTBALL: Redskins safety Andre Lott's MRI exam Monday revealed that his knee injury suffered during minicamp is a hairline tibia fracture. Lott -- whose wedding is over the weekend -- is expected to be on crutches for the next four weeks.
"He's been given clearance to walk down the aisle and have a slow dance without any crutches," cracked Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine. "He's going to be fine."
* COLLEGE BASEBALL: In Omaha, Jeff Larish matched a College World Series record with three homers, including one to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, and J.J. Sferra drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the 11th as Arizona State rallied for an 8-7 victory and eliminated Nebraska.
In the other game, Baylor, trailing 7-0 after six innings, rallied for three runs in the ninth, scoring the winning run on a throwing error by Tulane second baseman Joe Holland to stun and eliminate the top-seeded Green Wave, 8-7.
* PRO HOCKEY: The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their general manager, and he promptly fired Coach Brian Sutter.
"I've thought about this long and hard for the last six weeks," Tallon said. "This is not about the past, it's about the future."
Under Sutter, the Blackhawks were 91-118-37 in three seasons, and made the playoffs once, in 2001-02. The NHL lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.
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