A hand born teen from Hudsonville joins the LPGA favorites on the green

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A hand born teen from Hudsonville joins the LPGA favorites on the green

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WOOD) – Sophia Howard was the littlest girl on Green Tuesday, but she has a personality bigger than the golf course.

The 14-year-old from Hudsonville admired and supported her idols, the professional golfers Nelly and Jessica Korda, when they attended Blythefield Country Club in Belmont to prepare for the Meijer LPGA classic.

“I thought, ‘Holy cow, these girls are good,'” said Sophia.

Sophia is not bad herself. She has been playing golf for almost four years.

Their style is different from most of them.

“Yeah, I might look different, but I think I’m just an average person,” she said. “I go out and play golf like everyone else (do) and I don’t let that stop me.”

Sophia was born without a right hand. While some see it as a challenge, the pros see it as an opportunity to face the odds.

Sophia Howard (center) with LPGA golfers Jessica (left) and Nelly (right) Korda on June 15, 2021 at Blythefield Country Club.

“I’m really impressed with her swing,” said Jessica Korda. “It just goes to show that you can do pretty much anything if you focus on what you want.”

Sophia learned the Korda sisters through Dream on 3, a non-profit organization that connects young people facing medical challenges with their favorite athlete, sporting event, or sports team.

A dream comes true for Sophia’s mother.

“They talked about the shows they went to, talked like old friends, talked about TikToks, Netflix, and funny movies and shows they went to,” said Karen Howard.

Sophia didn’t just rub her elbows with the pros. She also learned from them with the hope of becoming a professional herself.

“These girls are like the ones I follow and who I really want to be one day,” said Sophia.

She will be a freshman in high school next school year where she said she will continue her love of golf.

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