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16-Year-Old Amari Avery Wins on Cactus Tour

Golfer Amari Avery

Sixteen-year-old Amari Avery is an amateur, but she's now a winner in a pro golf tournament. Avery claimed a trophy on the Cactus Tour, winning the March 2-4 tournament on the Champions Course at Morongo Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.

Call it a home win for Amari, who is from nearby Riverside, Calif.

Avery started the final round one stroke behind the leader. But she used her length — Amari was averaging 270 yards by the time she was 15 — to eagle the fourth hole and take the lead.

She wound up shooting 33 on the front nine and finishing with a 69. That gave her a three-round total of 6-under 210, and a two-stroke win over runner-up Kathleen Scavo.

Although still only 16, Amari has been on the golf radar for years already. She was one of the cast members of the 2013 documentary The Short Game that followed a group of 7- and 8-year-old golfers. (It also included Alexa Pano, with whom Avery partnered in the 2019 U.S. Women's Four-Ball.)

In 2018, Avery was runner-up at the Se Ri Pak Junior Championship. In 2019, she won the California Women's Amateur Championship, and was runner-up at the Southern California Women's Match Play.

Entering the Cactus Tour event, Avery was No. 292 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (with a best ranking so far of 216), and No. 21 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. As you can see in the top photo, she will be playing in the 2020 Augusta National Women's Amateur.