Amari Avery’s journey from her first golf swing to the tee box at the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur has been an inspiring tale, one filled with achievements during her junior career—even Netflix fame at 8 years old, when she starred in the documentary, “The Short Game”—and more recent accolades during her collegiate run at USC.
Along the way, she’s been not only a trailblazing talent but also one who comes from a diverse background that amplifies her determination and confidence. At only 19 years old, it’s why her journey up to this point has been so compelling for the younger generations of girls out there—those aspiring to achieve their dreams but might not have a familiar face to look up to.
And when she tees up for this year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur (March 30-April 2), making her third appearance, she’ll be part of a talented group of international athletes highlighting that larger mission, which the championship’s presenting partner, Bank of America, supports at every turn: the ups and downs and lifelong experiences still being written into the story—the embodiment of achievement in action.
Ahead of the excitement and inspiration from the best in women’s amateur golf, let’s get to know the talented teen Amari Avery a little better.
How were you first introduced to the game of golf?
Amari: My dad got me into golf when I was just three-years-old, so I started playing at a really young age.
Who has been a role model or inspiration to you?
Amari: Growing up, I looked up to Michelle Wie a lot, and obviously, seeing what Serena and Venus Williams were doing in Tennis was incredibly inspiring. Seeing that sort of representation of athletes from different backgrounds and ethnicities finding success in their sports was really impactful – I wanted to be like them.
Do you feel like you’re an inspiration for the next generation?
Amari: I hope so! It means a lot to me to be a player of color and to serve as an example for the next generation to be able to see someone who looks like them and who they can look up to. I hope to inspire young golfers of all backgrounds to get out there and play.
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Amari: Playing at ANWA for the first time. Having the opportunity to compete at ANWA, especially three times, goes to show I can compete at the highest level, and if you stay determined, this doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My hard work is based on wanting to be the best I can be .
What has been your greatest challenge?
Amari: Learning to get out of my own way and really recognizing my own potential.
How do you stay focused on your goals?
Amari: Believing in myself – I’ve learned how powerful this can be, and it really motivates me to work hard and put that effort in for myself.
What makes the Augusta National Women’s Amateur such a great event?
Amari: It’s inspiring for all women to see the change on the highest level, having more visibility and recognition for people of diverse backgrounds. And it’s so cool to think a young boy or girl can turn on the TV and see me, and I can inspire them to do anything! Go play or learn to golf, or do anything that interests them.
What advice can you give to the next generation?
Amari: Set your mind to what you want and believe in it. It’s possible.
The golf ball doesn’t care what color your skin is or what you look like—ANYONE can get out there and play!