Blacksburg, Va. (WFXR) — Original Article — On the eve of the Masters Tournament a local golf athlete will be making her first appearance at one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the world, Augusta National.
Eleven-year-old, Ashnoor Kaur will be competing for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals, a nationwide youth golf tournament for boys and girls ages seven to fifteen.
“She’s got a perfect mind for the game and her golf swing and her short game is just, she’s very talented so she’s got a good future ahead of her.”Golf Coach, Steve Prater
Ashnoor Kaur picked up a golf club at age six, earned a world championship title at the age of eight, and now, as part of that bright future she’s heading to the Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finals; one of eighty to do so.
“I don’t really know what to expect because I’ve never been at those kind of places where so many great players have played and I think it’s gonna be really cool to finally play on TV because all my friends are gonna watch it and it’s gonna be really scary but it’s going to be really fun.”Ashnoor Kaur, Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalist (10- 11 age group)
Ashnoor’s coach, Steve Prater is an accomplished teacher with over thirty-three years of coaching expertise. Steve is the only coach to simultaneously have players in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals and Masters. He has been helping Ashnoor refine her skills but ultimately he wants her to enjoy the experience and be present.
“if you’re having fun and you’re doing your best, even when you’re not doing very well you learn from it, you learn from your mistakes and it’s going to be a different venture for her there, it’s going to be a lot of nerves, a lot of people, and it’s going to be a big event in to see how she’s going to learn from that.”Golf Coach, Steve Prater
Ashnoor says she has been working on her mental game.
“I’ll really try to keep my mentality going because I had Augusta you only get a limited number of shots and if you let one bad shot ruined the rest then it’s not looking good for you.”Ashnoor Kaur, Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalist (10- 11 age group)
Wise beyond her years, Ashnoor recognizes those that helped her get where she is today.
“I wouldn’t be going to tournaments if my dad didn’t take me and just drive and give me ice cream every day and my coach helped me with my swing so much.”Ashnoor Kaur, Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalist (10- 11 age group)
“I’m very proud of her and we just spent a lot of time playing the tournaments, traveling to the tournaments, going through the ups and downs and then she had success, I can see the happiness on her face, when she has down moments I try to be with her and help her through it and we just are enjoying enjoying the time together.”Billy Singh, Ashnoor’s Father
Ashnoor wants to inspire other girls to get out there and embrace the game of golf. She certainly will by leading by example.
An update on Ashnoor’s play. Ashnoor placed 9th in the girls 10 – 11 division.