On Chloe Kovelesky’s first birthday she took her first step. Her father, Richard, minimize down a putter and wedge that very same day. Even earlier than she may stroll, Chloe used to scoot throughout the ground smacking golf balls.
“I think she came out with a golf club,” joked her mom, Tina.
Now, at age 14, Chloe is the youngest participant within the subject at the 76th U.S. Women’s Open, having certified May 11 at Banyan Cay Resort & Golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, with two rounds of 70. Chloe had mentor Morgan Pressel’s longtime caddie Barry “Rock” Cesarz on her bag. Growing up in Boca Raton, Pressel has lengthy been Chloe’s favourite golfer.
“She fits my motto,” stated Chloe, referring to the road that tops her Instagram account: You have to be an awesome particular person earlier than you could be a nice champion.
A younger Chloe Kovelesky works on her brief sport within the household’s yard (courtesy picture).
Richard tried to construct a placing inexperienced within the yard however Tina didn’t need Chloe enjoying within the filth whereas it stuffed in. It wasn’t lengthy earlier than a synthetic inexperienced with six holes was constructed to hold younger Chloe occupied. The household’s chocolate lab Charlie grew up with Chloe, all the time keen to retrieve golf balls.
At age 5, the Koveleskys moved to Boca Woods Country Club after Chloe outgrew the yard internet.
“Every weekend our neighbor would bring me a bag full of golf balls from their pool,” stated Tina.
Chloe was 8 years previous when Esquire’s “Short Game” debuted, a actuality collection about younger youngsters and their mother and father and the street to the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. (Not to be confused with the Netflix documentary with the identical title. Amari Avery starred in that film and in addition certified for this yr’s USWO.)
Chloe’s household obtained to see all of the episodes from the Esquire collection earlier than they aired.
“She watched the first one,” stated Tina, “and said ‘I don’t need to watch anymore. I’ve seen enough.’ ”
Chloe did finally watch the final episode. She gained two U.S. Kids titles (age 7-8) and an IMG Academy Junior World Championship (age 8).
Every couple of months somebody will acknowledge Chloe from the collection.
“I love being a mentor to kids and I want them to be able to look up to me and be able to know it’s not just about winning,” stated Chloe. “It’s about being kind and being nice to people.”
Chloe isn’t precisely all grown up now, however she does constantly hit the ball between 280 and 290 off the tee. When she turned 14 in January, her mother and father obtained her a golf cart for her birthday. She retains two rubber geese on the sprint and is cautious not to drive together with her air pods in.
Chloe, who’s a part of the category of 2025 and ranked 939th within the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is homeschooled and sometimes heads out to observe at 7:15 a.m. When it begins to get sizzling, she heads again in for lunch and schoolwork and goes again out within the afternoon.
Professional golf isn’t new to Chloe, who has made 11 begins on the Florida mini-tour circuit with six prime 5s and a victory at a National Women’s Golf Association occasion again in February with rounds of 74-70-70 at Black Bear Golf Club.
Still, nothing fairly like a Women’s Open, the place acquainted faces at The Olympic Club in San Francisco June 3-6, will assist her to really feel extra at ease. Pressel, who at age 12 grew to become the youngest to qualify for the USWO, shall be there working for NBC. Chloe additionally retains in contact Christina Kim and Lexi Thompson, who later broke Pressel’s report.
“I’m looking forward to meeting everyone,” stated Chloe.
“I love being able to be there and kind of see what my future looks like.”