Unless they are caddying, parents cannot be on the golf course during the 6-and-under competition of the Callaway Junior World Championships. So Alla Kournikova was hiking the perimeter of Colina Park on Wednesday afternoon, finding the best vantage points she could from behind the chain-link fence.
When her boy, Allan, made a long birdie putt on the 15th hole and pumped his fist, Mom squealed an "Oooooh yes!"
Alla Kournikova has another prodigy on her hands, and she's enjoying it at least as much as she did the first time around.
Twenty years after the Kournikovas started their daughter, Anna, on a journey that would make her one of the best and most recognizable tennis players in the world, Alla Kournikova is watching her 6-year-old son become an athletic force of his own.
Allan Kournikova, who turns 7 in September, is competing in the Junior World's youngest age division this week, and after rounds of 57 and 54 on the par-54 course he is four strokes off the lead of Japan's Ken Shibita, who shot an impressive 52 in the second round.
The final rounds are today for all of the tournament's age divisions, except the 15-17s.
Allan has been competing in serious tournament golf for only about a year, but he already has more than 100 trophies stashed in his room at home in Palm Beach, Fla., and last month he beat older kids in the 7-8 Division in the U.S. Kids European Championship in Scotland.
In a U.S. Kids regional qualifier this summer in Georgia, he shot 29 on a 1,500-yard, par-36 layout.
"He's definitely not your typical 6-year-old," said Valerie LaPapa, Allan's regular instructor at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach.
That's for sure. In addition to golf, which he began playing at 18 months, Allan also has ridden horses since he was 2 ½ and competed in international show jumping events. He says he soon will begin competing in children's triathlons, and he loves tennis, of course. His mother, who is in her late 40s, has won singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at the Palm Beach Recreation Center.
Allan said he likes golf the best, "because it's fun to play and win trophies and all that stuff."
In some ways, Allan's childhood athletic pace is ahead of his famous sister, who got her first tennis racket at 5 and began competing in tournaments at 8. Anna Kournikova, whose father Sergei was a champion wrestler, was 10 when she moved from Moscow to Florida to attend Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy.
In singles, Anna Kournikova, who turned 30 in June, rose to as high as No. 8 in the world, though she never won a WTA event. Injuries have curtailed her playing career and she will soon appear as a celebrity trainer on the "Biggest Loser."
Alla Kournikova is divorced from Sergei and had Allan with Baron Michael Mood de Medici, a composer.
Asked to compare Allan with Anna, Alla Kournikova said, "It's tough to say. Girls and boys are so different. He's strong. He wants what he wants, and that's it.
"I wish he had more focus," she added with a laugh, "but he's a regular kid. He can turn his room upside down in about a minute."
Alla insisted that just like with Anna, she has not forced sports on Allan, though she wanted him to sample as much as he could at a young age. He is an active kid who his mom says can't sit still long enough to watch cartoons on TV.
LaPapa, Allan's golf instructor, said of her pupil: "He's kind of a wild man. He loves golf. If you tell him he can't do something, he's all about showing you that he can. That's what separates him from everyone else. He has no fear when it comes to competition."
Allan is at a slight disadvantage in the confines of Colina Park because his strength is his distance. He can regularly drive the ball 145 yards.
His favorite golfer? "Dustin Johnson," Allan said, "because he hits the ball far like me."
Allan thinks he's going to be a playing golf for quite a while.
"For a long, long, long, long time," he said.
-- Jack Maguire of St. Petersburg, Fla., shot even-par 72 on the Torrey Pines South Course to take a one-stroke lead at 3-under over Beau Hossler (72) of Rancho Santa Margarita in the Boys 15-17 Division.
-- Colombia's Lina Aguillon shot 3-under 71 on the Torrey Pines North Course to lead the Girls 15-17 Division by six shots.