Golf Phenom Wins Tournament Against Men

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: September 20, 2008

ATLANTA — Zakiya Randall, a 17-year-old teen golf star, fondly known by fans as “Z” made history earlier this month by becoming the youngest and only female to win on the Golf Channel’s Georgia Tour.

After already qualifying for the Georgia Golf Channel Championship by placing in the top percentile on the most difficult level of play on the Golf Tour, Randall went on to win the final tournament of the season on September 7 at Arbor Springs Golf & Resort Club also known as the Coweta Club in Newnan, Georgia.

“I am excited to be able to win on one of the most challenging golf courses in Georgia against some of the best adult men amateur players on the Georgia Golf Tour,” Randall said.

“I have been working on some swing mechanics for further improvements, so this win on the tour in the final tournament of the season is really special.”

The field included approximately 50 of some of the best adult men amateur tour players in Georgia. She now joins an elite list of amateur level golfers who have also qualified to play at the national level on the Golf Channel Tour.

Zakiya, known by fans as “Z”, has become a media darling. She has been in Sports Illustrated, EBONY Magazine, on the Tavis Smiley Radio Show, The Golf Channel TV Show, nominated as a finalist for outstanding talents and has been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and online journals around the globe.

Randall took up golf at the age of 10 and after winning a series of tennis tournaments, she was immediately successful in golf, winning ‘Player of the Year’ honors.

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