Roxy and Layla Phillips (ABC 7 screenshot)
Roxy and Layla Phillips (ABC 7 screenshot)

Not only has Compton, Calif., produced Dre, Kendrick, Issa, Venus and Serena, but soon there may be two more luminaries to hail from its notorious, talent-producing streets.


The Phillips sisters from Compton are already being compared to the Williams sisters in that they are prodigies in a white-dominated sport.

ABC 7 reports that last week, Layla Phillips, 6, won a Southern California PGA drive, chip and putt competition, qualifying her for a junior world competition in San Diego.


“They are very, very good. I can only compare them to the sisters Williams in tennis,” said Luis Batson, CEO of Help Youth Through Golf, a nonprofit that helps teach the game to black and brown youths.

Her sister, 4-year-old Roxy, is just as impressive. The sisters learned to golf at 2 years old.

The family reportedly got into the game after living next to Maggie Hathaway Golf Course in Los Angeles. After their mom, Jasimen Phillips, wrote to the course asking them to do something about all the golf balls landing in their backyard, the course responded with an invitation for family golf lessons.

And the rest, they say, is history.

Remember, you heard about them here first.

Read more at ABC 7.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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