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Lexi Thompson's traveling 'Virginia Grannies' remain by her side

Lexi Thompson's traveling 'Virginia Grannies' remain by her side

JAMES CITY — A trio of Southeastern Virginia LPGA-diehard retirees was on Lexi Thompson's fan bandwagon before it was even rolling.

Nancy "Spider" Copeland of Windsor and Paulette Spruill and Barbara Stephenson of Chesapeake have been following the 21-year-old star since before the third-ranked player in the world knew how to handle an autograph seeker.

They recalled a moment in the Saucon Valley clubhouse following the 2009 U.S. Open in Bethlehem, Penn. when 14-year-old Lexi was approached by a young girl with a pen and pad.

"I think she wants your autograph," Copeland had to explain to her, two years after the three friends of now 45 years...

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