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Star of Tomorrow: Golfer Veronica Joels

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LAS VEGAS -- Doug Joels' house is overflowing with golf memorabilia, relating to his 13-year-old daughter Veronica.  

"It just got crazy," the elder Joels said, "she would play events and play events, and she kept getting victories."  

In fact, since picking up golf 4 years ago, young Veronica has won 81 junior golf titles.

"We need a bigger house, I can tell you that," Veronica joked.

There are probably more trophies on the way.  This week's Star of Tomorrow averages about 240 yards off the tee, and missed qualifying for an LPGA major, the U.S. Women's Open, by only two shots in the spring.  

This summer, she shot 6-under par over three rounds to win her age group at the prestigious U.S. Teen World Golf Championships at famed Pinehurst No. 1 in North Carolina.

"It really boosted my confidence, and it really made me feel like I could accomplish anything now," said the 8th-grader at the Meadows School.

Her instructor at the Butch Harmon School of Golf, Nick Helwig, thinks Veronica certainly is in the conversation as being the best 13-year-old girl in the country.  

"As a 13-year-old, she's an amazing talent," Helwig said, "She's able to put her scores next to kids that are 15, 16, 17, 18-year's-old, in some of the tournament's she's playing in, and she's hanging right in there with everybody." 

Not even a high-schooler yet, Veronica is already drawing interest from top golf colleges across the country.  She got a recruiting letter from Stanford last week. 

"Maybe something happens that would make me decide to go pro, and that would be amazing, but at the same time, you still want to go to college and get the education," added Veronica, who was also the top-ranked 12-and-under tennis player in Nevada as a 9-year-old, before deciding to concentrate on golf.  

"She certainly has the talent to take it as far as she wants to, whether that's in the future, we'll just have to wait and see," Helwig said.





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