- The 13-year-old defeated 140 participants and won the tournament by a margin of 14 strokes.
Athena Singh, an Indian American teen from Morehead, Kentucky, has won the Lexington Junior City Championship in the Girls 16-18 category. The 13-year-old won the tournament by “a whopping margin of 14 strokes with 140 participants,” as reported by India Golf Weekly. This 36-hole championship is open to junior golfers (boys and girls) ages 9 – 18 years.
The young golfer has been a regular on the Kentucky junior circuit, where she has several wins to her name. In 2020, she was named Kentucky Junior ‘Player of the Year’ in her age category and made it to the prestigious Drive Chip & Putt finals at Augusta National, home of The Masters.
This year, she became one the finalists in the Girls 12-13 competition. She got to the prestigious tournament after scoring 134 points in a two-point victory at the Oakland Hills Sub-Regional.
Singh was introduced to golf at age seven, when her father signed her up for a golf camp. “I was hitting the ball long and straight and got a lot of appreciation from the coach,” she says in her Drive Chip & Putt profile. “Since then, I have been playing and trying to get better.”
She likes that golf is “an individual sport and I don’t really have to rely on other people,” as noted on her Drive Chip & Putt profile. “It’s so beautiful on the golf courses and you can see some new sights each time.”
Along with her state wins, Singh also made her way along at qualifiers outside of the Commonwealth. She participated in the US Junior girls qualifier, where she shot 77 and finished T19, as well as in the US Women qualifier, where she shot an 81.