Aree and Naree Song (born Wongluekiet) are identical twins born in Thailand. They started at the Leadbetter Academy at the age of 10 and spent 7 years at IMG!
They were considered golf phenoms throughout their junior and amateur careers.
In 1999 Naree was awarded the American Junior Golf Association All-American award. She competed in the U.S. Women's Open as an amateur in 2000 and she finished 40th overall. In 2001, Naree won the Kosaido Thailand Ladies Open. In 2003 she placed 2nd in the Harder Hall Women's Invitational. Naree attended the University of Florida briefly and turned pro in 2004. She stopped playing 2 years ago and in early 2010, it was announced that she had taken a job as an assistant golf coach at Rollins College.
Aree Song set a number of "youngest" age records. In 1999 she won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at thirteen years old, becoming the youngest player to win any United States Golf Association championship. In 2000 she tied for 10th place in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, at the age of thirteen. The same year, a few months after her fourteenth birthday, she became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. In 2001 she was the recipient of the Nancy Lopez Award, which is presented to the best female amateur golfer of the year. The next year she placed first individually at the World Amateur Team Championships and helped Thailand to a second place finish. She won a number of adult amateur events in 2002 and 2003 and in the latter year she placed fifth at the U.S. Women's Open.
Aree turned professional in August 2003 at the age of 17 and 3 months. She was granted an exemption from the LPGA's minimum age rule to allow her to enter the 2003 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, and she came fifth in it to earn exemption for the LPGA Tour in 2004. In her rookie season she finished second at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and ended the year at twenty-eighth place on the money list. She is currently on medical leave from the LPGA Tour.
As it turns out, not only are they decorated golfers they are now gracing the front of a Kashi Good Friends Cereal Box!
The fact they are on the cover actually doesn't have anything to do with their golf accomplishments. Naree won a Kashi contest that involved writing about how she makes a difference in the world. She wrote about the numerous volunteer/fundraiser projects she has been involved in over the years!
As far as we know, Aree and Naree are the first graduates of the Leadbetter Academy to grace the cover of a Cereal Box!
Be sure to check in grocery stores in your area for the Kashi Good Friends Original Cereal!
For more information on this particular Kashi cereal, click here!