Bris­bane’s EMILY MA­HAR moves to the USA to play

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Emily Ma­har, 16, orig­i­nally from Bris­bane, be­gan to show an in­ter­est in golf around the age of eight years of age, when she would go to the Keperra Coun­try Golf Club in Bris­bane with her fa­ther, James. She quickly showed great po­ten­tial and pas­sion for the game, join­ing Keperra CGC with a hand­i­cap of 38. Emily made the Queens­land School Girls at the age of 12 with a hand­i­cap of 16 and was run­ner up in the in­di­vid­ual event whilst Queens­land won the girls team event.

In 2012, Emily’s fam­ily de­cided to move to the USA to help her dream of one day play­ing col­lege golf and ul­ti­mately play on the LPGA tour. Upon ar­riv­ing in Ari­zona Emily ini­tially strug­gled with the dif­fer­ent weather and grass con­di­tions but soon be­gan win­ning tour­na­ments in the lo­cal Ju­nior Golf As­soc of Ari­zona (JGAA). She qual­i­fied for the US Girls’ Ju­nior in 2013, just weeks be­fore her 13th birth­day. Emily reached the last round of 64 and was beaten by her soon-tobe team­mate from Xavier Col­lege Prepara­tory, Han­nah O’Sul­li­van who is now ranked in the top 5 in Amer­ica’s Ju­nior Girls. This tour­na­ment was played in Fort Wayne, In­di­ana. Emily then went on to qual­ify for the US Women’s Am­a­teur Pub­lic Links in Dupont, Wash­ing­ton where she missed the cut by 5 shots.

Emily com­petes in the Amer­i­can Ju­nior Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (AJGA) where she has fin­ished with 5 top 10 fin­ishes. Amongst this ju­nior tour (AJGA), she plays against the high­est ranked ju­nior golfers in the USA. Mul­ti­ple ma­jor win­ners, male and fe­male, cur­rently play­ing on the PGA & LPGA have all played on this ju­nior tour.

Emily at­tends high school at Xavier Col­lege Prepara­tory (XCP) in Phoenix, on a full golf schol­ar­ship. XCP is one of the top 40 aca­demic schools in the Na­tion with a golf team as strong as any col­lege team. They have won State 32 years in a row and broke their own record shoot­ing 9 un­der with their top 5 best play­ers win­ning by 35 shots. XCP has past alumni in­clud­ing the likes of Cheyenne Woods (Tiger Wood’s niece), Heather Farr (de­ceased), Grace Park, and Mar­garita Ramos, and oth­ers who play on the LPGA and Euro­pean tour.

Un­der the watch­ful eye of her Aus­tralian born coach in Ari­zona, An­drew Get­son at Gray­hawk Golf Club and her fa­ther James, Emily con­tin­ues to ex­cel. Her lat­est achieve­ment was once again qual­i­fy­ing for the USGA Girls Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship which was held in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa in mid-July. She qual­i­fied with a 66 (-4) to be the low­est score at Pinnacle Peak Golf course in Ari­zona. She was the only Aus­tralian player in the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment in 2015 where there were only 156 spots for the qual­i­fy­ing events within the USA and around the world (to­tal of 2500 en­tries). Emily fin­ished 76th, un­for­tu­nately miss­ing the cut by only two shots.

Emily is con­tin­u­ally learning to bal­ance her school work with a heavy golf program. Dur­ing the school year, she plays four days a week with her school team and also prac­tices an av­er­age of two hours a day. When school hol­i­days ar­rive, she prac­tices six hours a day be­tween tour­na­ments.

Emily cur­rently plays off a hand­i­cap of +3.8. We wish Emily all the best with her golf­ing ca­reer.

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