Brisbane’s EMILY MAHAR moves to the USA to play
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.