SAN FRANISCO – Cheyenne Woods had heard the scouting report on Amari Avery from associates on the Symetra Tour. She met her for the primary time this spring on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. On Monday, Avery and Woods performed 9 holes collectively at The Olympic Club.
“She’s only 17 years old and she’s got it,” mentioned Woods. “She’s killing it.”
Avery first began attempting to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open age 11. She’s one in every of 40 first-timers within the subject and one in every of 30 amateurs on the 76th U.S. Women’s Open. Avery first burst onto the nationwide scene in 2013 when she starred within the 2013 Netflix documentary, “The Short Game.” Even now, she’s typically acknowledged from the movie. While she hates to observe herself on TV, she does respect what the documentary has meant to her younger profession.
“Without the short game, I wouldn’t be, I guess, as relevant,” she mentioned. “My golf game kind of speaks for itself.”
Avery, who has but to play on the LPGA, is competing in her first main championship this week. She has Brian Thompson, a former instructing professional at Olympic, on the bag. Thompson left the golf trade to take a job in software program growth and is now a member on the membership. He too has watched “The Short Game.”
Last month Avery competed in her first Symetra Tour occasion, the Garden City Charity Classic, after profitable the Mack Champ Invitational and incomes the Symetra Tour MVP Invite.
At the occasion, Avery was grouped with fellow Black golfers Shasta Averyhardt and Alexis Belton. The trio talked throughout the spherical about how few Black gamers there are in all ranges of the sport.
Even at 17, Avery desires to be a part of the motion that works to alter that.
“My little sister had a tournament in Arizona,” she mentioned. “Like I said, me and her are usually the only African-Americans out there. I was shocked to see that there were four (Black) girls in the field.
“It’s definitely tough that there’s not a lot of us out here, but from what I’ve seen, there’s a lot of girls and guys coming out. It is growing, slowly but surely.”
Avery, the 2019 California Women’s Amateur champ, has dedicated to USC however signed up for LPGA Q-School this 12 months. She’ll doubtless flip skilled if she earns her card. Either means, she plans to get began on her senior 12 months of highschool this summer time and launch her subsequent chapter (school or the LPGA) in January of 2022.
As for this week, Avery mentioned the primary aim is to remain out of the tough, although she’d additionally prefer to be low newbie. She has a observe spherical scheduled with top-ranked newbie Rose Zhang on Tuesday and Lydia Ko on Wednesday. She’s associates with Sophia Popov and Carlota Ciganda from her time on the Cactus Tour, the place she received an occasion final spring.
On Sunday in San Francisco, an area LPGA-USGA Girls Golf chapter requested Avery for a Cisco digital Q&A. She signed flags that might be shipped over to the juniors.
As seen throughout a digital junior clinic that includes Amari Avery by way of a Cisco board throughout the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open Cisco digital junior Clinic at Lake Chabot Golf Course within the Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, May 30, 2021. (Copyright USGA/Jeff Marsh)
Avery appears comfy within the highlight and is comfortable speaking about how she may change the sport. Tiger Woods stays her hero.
“Just to see that he has taken the game so far, not only for African-Americans, but for everyone else as well, “said Avery. “That, I really look up to. That’s kind of what I want to do with my career as well.
“Obviously I want to bring more African-Americans into to the game of golf, but I also want to bring little girls in general, just bring more people.”