Not long ago, 16-year-old Ginger Howard figured she would be getting ready to watch her idol, Tiger Woods, lead the United States against Europe in the Ryder Cup later this week.
Not playing in it.
Howard, 16, ranked No. 8 by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, helped lead the United States past Europe on Tuesday, 13 ½ – 10 ½ , Tuesday in Perthshire, Scotland. Howard, the only African-American girl to ever make the U.S Team, earned her spot by virtue of finishing second in a three-hole playoff at 35th Junior PGA Championship this summer in Fort Wayne, Ind. At the PGA Championship, Howard forced the playoff after firing a 3-under-par 69 in the final round that was preceded by a 4-under 68.