Phoenix , AZ
Age: 7 - 9
The Path to the National Finals
Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites are pre-determined based upon the local qualifying site. The player is not guaranteed participation in the subregional qualifier unless he/she advances through local qualifying. The player is not guaranteed participation in the regional qualifier unless he/she advances through local and subregional qualifying.
Local QualifierEvent CompletedChandler, AZ 85249Jun 17, 2021
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedPhoenix, AZ 85054Aug 15, 2021
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedScottsdale, AZ 85255Sep 26, 2021
PLAYER’S FIRST AND LAST NAME PRONUNCIATION:
PLAYER RESIDENCE ON DAY OF NATIONAL FINALS:
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Khalsa Montessori, Phoenix, AZ
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
Palo Verde, Phoenix, Arizona
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
33 on 9 holes
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
My grandpa bought me clubs and I went to a Girls Golf Event for my first time to play a one-hole tournament. Coach Cori taught me how to swing.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
Coach Cori - Girls Golf Phoenix
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
I normally play golf with my golf friends and my dad, plus the other players in tournaments. I enjoy playing practice games with other girls who my coach teaches.
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
John Kim- Legend of Arrowhead Golf Course, Glendale, AZ. I started with him in May 2021. Before Coach John, I had Coach Sheila at the 500 Club.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
It's a fun sport and it keeps me calm.
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
Keeping your temper after a bad shot. I'm working on it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
Royal Palms Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona. It is right next to a frozen custard stand and shares the parking lot with it. We always get custard.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Making it to Augusta, Georgia for the National Drive Chip & Putt Finals. After that is scoring below par.
HAVE YOU EVER PARTICIPATED IN A USGA OR PGA OF AMERICA EVENT? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S), WHEN, AND HOW DID YOU DO?
I play in Firebirds Club with the Southwest PGA alot. I did the Southwest PGA Junior Prep Tour this summer and won first place at the championship in Sedona.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
Yes, with my coach's group in the summer.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN LPGA*USGA GIRLS GOLF?
Yes. I love Girls Golf.
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN FIRST TEE?
LOCAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Arriving early to practice when no one else was there but my golf friend Lelani and her family. Lelani, her little sister and I all qualified to move on to the sub-regional.
SUBREGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
Qualifying with Iliana (Lelani's little sister) for the regional. We thought I did not make it because I messed up my putting. But, I got second. I was so happy. My mom twirled me around in the air. We called Coach John and he said he was clearing his day to come to the regional.
REGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE / RESULTS / MEMORABLE MOMENTS:
When I sank my 15-foot putt and I heard my mom yelling "Yes! J Yes!" Also, when my first chip was bad (1 point) and I adjusted to get 20 on the next chip. Lastly, when my last drive went all the way to 140 yards.
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFIY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH OF THE YEARS AND PREVIOUS RESULTS:
2019. I got second in chipping at the local event. I did not move on. I got very nervous and did not putt well.
DID YOU WATCH LAST YEAR’S DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT NATIONAL FINALS ON TELEVISION? IF SO, WHAT IMPACT DID THAT HAVE ON YOUR PARTICIPATION THIS YEAR?
No, I did not watch last year's Drive Chip & Putt on TV. But I watched last year's and the other years on YouTube. These have made me try hard and achieve my goals. I am very excited to see the clubhouse and greens. I look forward to meeting the other finalists.
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Chipping, putting then driving
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MASTERS MEMORY? U.S. OPEN OR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN MEMORY? PGA CHAMPIONSHIP OR WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MEMORY?
I'm not allowed to watch much TV, but I watched the first Augusta National Women's Amateur movie online. I enjoyed watching Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi play together.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
My favorite memory is the first time I watched the movie the Short Game on Netflix. It was cool because it showed friendships between players and how they can still be rivals. I liked how the kids trained so hard to prove to the world they were good golfers. I want to go to the worlds and place in the top ten.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
I have two. Tiger Woods, because he is a good golfer and good sport. I also like Bubba Watson because he is good at golf and made a big donation to the Phoenix Children's Hospital to help the kids my dad works with.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Alexa Pano. I like Alexa because she is young, dedicated and trains hard to be one of the first women to play golf and win at the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Nelly Korda, because she has a sister with the same first name as me and she won the gold medal in the Olympics
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Alexa Pano and my golf friends Priya and Kimsey
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
I have a pair of lucky shoes. I also sometimes have lucky outfits.
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?:
Korean mondu, salad with Italian dressing and croutons and rice. Whole white milk or water to drink. For dessert, we would have brownies.
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
Miss Loni and Miss Melanie
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
Gymnastics. I am on the Level Three Gymnastics Team at Impact.
The Short Game
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
The Short Game TV series
The Weather App
The happy face
EXPLAIN ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
Gymnastics, I practice 12 hours a week with the gym. I also like to draw flowers.
DESCRIBE ANY OBSTACLES YOU’VE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE:
I sometimes get frustrated when I hit a bad shot at golf and lose control of myself. I have been working on overcoming that bad feeling, so that when I hit a bad shot I think about the next shot and you will hit a better shot than the first one.
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
My coach plus my parents and my grandparents.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Go back to basics
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOUR GROW UP?
I would like to be a LPGA Tour player and meterologist
I have mild curly hair, my eyes are dark brown, my personality when I am happy is fun, silly and crazy. When I am trying something new I am shy and don't talk much. But when I know something then I am happy and you know my personality when I am happy.