Read Ron Sirak's "Sisters, Act 2" in the March 30th edition of Golf World.
Aree and Naree Song (they use to use theirmothers name Wongluekiet) arrived at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at IMG Academy in 1998 as 11 year olds.They rose quickly in the world of Junior Golf and their junior resumes is impressive.
Areewas the 1999 U.S. Girls' Junior champion and won a total of 15 national junior tournaments from 1999-2001. In 2000, at the age of 13,Aree tied for 10th in the Nabisco Championship and played the final round in the final pairing with Karrie Webb and Dottie Pepper. In August 2000, at the age of 14, she became the youngest player ever to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.Aree was also named the 2000 Golf Digest and GolfWeek Girls Junior Player of the Year and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Player of the Year.
In 2001 Aree was the recipientof the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented to the best female amateur golfer of the year. Aree participated in the 2002 World Amateur Team Championships in Malaysia, placed first individually and helped the Thailand team to their second-place finish and went on to be named Golfweek's Female Amateur of the Year. At the 2003 U.S. Women's Open, she was paired in the second-to-last group with Annika Sorenstam and finished fifth.Aree was the stroke-play medalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and advanced to the quarterfinals in match play. Aree once again wasthe top-ranked female amateur from 2002-03. She made six out of six cuts as an amateur in LPGA major championships and finished in the top 10 twice. She turned professional in August 2003, and after receiving permission from then-LPGA Commissioner Ty Votaw to receive an age exemption, she applied to the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.
Naree's decorated amateur career includes eight national junior tournament wins and an additional nine runner-up finishes from 1999-2001. She played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship from 2000-03 as asponsor's exemption, making the cut twice and tying for 58th each time.Naree played in the 2000 and 2003 U.S. Women's Open and garnered low amateur honors in 2000 when she tied for 40th. She played in 12 LPGA events as an amateur and made five cuts, posting her best finish at the 2002 Wegmans Rochester International, where she tied for 29th. Nareewas an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americanin both1999 and 2000. In 2001, she won the Kosaido Thailand Ladies Open, a professional event on the Asian tour. In 2002, she became the youngest winner of the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur, placed third at the Harder Hall Women's Invitational and tied for fifth individually at the World Amateur Team Championships in Malaysia, where she helped the Thailand team to their second-place finish. In 2003, she finished second to Aree at the Harder Hall Women's Invitational and the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur.