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If this young girl just another Virat Kohli fan?
Avani Prasanth is a child prodigy in Golf, supported by the Virat Kohli Foundation.
She is one of the Junior Amateur golfers in India representing India in almost every international golf tournament. She participated in 100 tournaments and won over 88 trophies, all before her 13th birthday. Her India story is of how the Virat Kohli Foundation lent her support to make her dreams come true – an example of Cricket giving a helping hand to other sports. She recently bested India’s top professional and amateur women golfers to qualify for the 19th Asian Games 2022 scheduled to be held in Hangzhou (China) later this year.
Beginning at the age of four, she is the highest ranked (#116) Indian among amateur women golfers worldwide, and the first Indian to compete in the final round of the National Women’s Amateur Championship of Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia (USA), which nurtured golf legend Tiger Woods. The younger child of M.S. Prashant, a corporate executive and homemaker Surekha, Avani, a class X student of the garden city’s top-ranked Greenwood High International School (CISCE), who spent her five early years in Nigeria, attributes her success to home and school support, especially principal Aloysius D’Mello who never denied her permission to compete.
At age five, she played her first US Kids Golf Qualifying tournament at the IBB International Golf and Country club, Abuja (Nigeria) finishing on top to qualify for the US Kids Golf European Championship in Gullane (Scotland). She has finished seventh in the European Championship, competed in the US Kids Golf World and Golf European championships, finishing among the Top 5 four times at the World Championships and thrice in the European Championships. She spends several hours each day, after school, at the Karnataka Golf Association grounds with her coach Laurence Brotheridge. She also follows a rigorous fitness regimen and a strict nutrition plan.