Michaela Phan is only 8 years old, but already she appeared on her way to becoming highly skilled in taekwondo.
The Newport Coast resident is a black belt and she won a national championship in the 8-and-under division at the American Taekwondo United tournament.
But Phan has found a new game, and it has nothing to do with martial arts. She stopped kicking and she's now swinging, and pretty good too.
Phan has taken up golf and has quickly found success for her age. For the second straight year, she'll compete in the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, billed as the largest and most prestigious world annual junior golf event.
Phan begins play today in Pinehurst, N.C. She qualified for the event by scoring well during tournaments she played locally.
She averages two-over on a par-36 nine-hole round. She'll be playing 18 holes each of the three days this week. She's so new to the game, she said she really doesn't have an average for 18 holes.