Every talented young athlete wishes for a breakthrough season. A season in which they can improve their game and gain confidence in their long-term prospects in the sport. Avani Prashanth, a golf prodigy, is now enjoying that season (2021-22)
Avani Prashanth, a 15-year-old girl from Bengaluru, has been selected for the Global Child Prodigy Award 2022 as India's finest amateur female golfer. The adolescent golfer has already won several awards and expects to win more in the future.
When Avani was three years old, she picked up a club for the first time and began winning competitive competitions four years later. After the ground-breaking Aditi Ashok, she has been dubbed the country's next big thing in women's golf.
Her Life as a sportsperson
Avani is now ranked first in India in the Order of Merit of the Indian Golf Union in the 'C' category (11-13 years) (IGU).
On the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour, Avani is a two-time winner. She also represented India in the Women's Amateur Asia Pacific Golf Championship and the Asia Pacific Golf Council, placing in the top 16 in both events.
"It's an incredible feeling to win because so many youngsters are picked and just a few are nominated," Avani mentioned in an interview.
Avani had already won the All India Ladies Amateur Golf Championship of the Indian Golf Union (IGU) in November, making her one of the youngest women to ever win both the stroke and match events.
Prior to winning the national amateur titles in India, Avani, a good football player who even captained her Greenwood High International School, tied for 16th position in the Women's Amateur Asia Pacific Golf Championship in the UAE. It was an amateur Indian's best debut performance.
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What her school principal has to say about her
Principal Aloysius D'mello expressed his delight and remarked that children with skills like Avani are highly rare and that such children must be supported and nurtured in order to achieve greater heights in the future. Aloysius also added that they are ecstatic by Avani's accomplishment and talent. We are confident that she will have even more success in the future."
For the 'Global Child Prodigy Award, 2022, the top 100 child prodigies from 48 different categories were chosen from thousands of applications received from 68 countries.
Her coach Laurence Brotheridge
Laurence Brotheridge, her coach was instrumental in Avani's success. Once or twice a month, she consults Brotheridge online and applies her findings to her home practice. Brotheridge, who was stationed in Pune before returning to the UK after the COVID-19 outbreak, believes Avani is meant for higher things, and his mission is primarily to safeguard her.
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