Member Club: The Honors Golf Club
Residence: Riverside, CA
Notable Accomplishments: Prevailed in a playoff over New Zealand’s Silvia Brunotti in the 6-and-under age division on Colina Park Golf Course at the 2010 Junior Worlds; has won six of first seven starts on 2011 U.S. Kids Golf Tour; last year, won U.S. Kids Golf Summer Tour Championship, San Diego Junior Masters and Future Champions Golf World Championship.
Average Driving Distance: 150 yards, but recently hit a 185-yard drive at Lost Canyons Golf Club.
Favorite Shot to Hit: “I like hitting all different kinds of shots. I really like to putt, my dad says that putting is the key to golf — “if you can’t put you can’t win” — and I like winning, so I practice putting a lot.
Golfers She Admires: Met many favorites at this year’s LPGA Tour Kia Classic and Kraft Nabisco Championship, including Juli Inkster, Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer.
Also: Enjoys swimming, handball, and hula hoop, adding, “I don’t like sitting in the house watching TV.”
Why to Watch: Affectionately known as “Tigress,” seven-year-old Amari Avery indeed shares plenty of similarities with Tiger Woods — same birthday (December 30), same course for first hole in one (Heartwell Golf Course), similar racial make-up (half African-American, half-Asian), and a Junior World title, among them (visit amariavery.com for the complete list). But as was recently seen on Golf Channel’s “Golf in America,” what should help her hone her talents even more is her incredible attitude and support of her family. The talent is undeniable, too. “I have competed in over 50 tournaments so far, and I believe I have won 39 times,” she said. “My dad says that’s really good.”
Quotable: “One day, I want to be the best player on tour. But first, I have to finish college. I would like to attend UNLV, Harvard or Yale,” said Amari.