A pair of 9-iron wielding sisters from the South Side of Chicago have been labeled the Venus and Serena Williams of golf. That's a lot of pressure for two young girls, but the headstrong pair is undaunted.
When asked what they think of being compared to tennis' famous duo, Myah Jackson, the younger of the two, quickly answers.
"I wonder what the Williams sisters think of us."
That mentality, combined with the ability to drive the golf ball a long way, has enabled the girls, who fittingly call themselves the "Birdie Sisters," to annihilate their competition.
Myah, 12, and Erica Jackson, 14, started playing golf at age 4 and have accumulated more than 300 tournament victories. Myah recently won the 39th Annual Pepsi Little People's Golf Championship in Quincy, Ill. Their next competition begins Tuesday at the Callaway Junior World Golf Tournament at Torrey Pines on the Tiger Woods Foundation National Junior Golf Team, which they have been members of since 2008.
"They have their own trophy room. They are about to move us out," said their father, Eric Jackson, 42.
Golf is business for these girls, who play without dwelling on the fact that they are often the only black golfers in the field. In last year's Illinois Elementary School Association state tournament, there were 132 participants, and Myah and Erica were the only two black golfers.
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