Levi Oh (left) and Ava Oh, twins from Cromwell, each qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Ava and Levi Oh, seven-year old twins from Cromwell, have both qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, set to take place August 4-6 in Pinehurst, NC.
The tournament is for golfers ages 5-12 and Ava was the youngest golfer who qualified, earning her invite at the age of six by shooting a personal-best 37 (+1). Levi soon followed by punching his ticket during the last event of the spring season when he clinched a tour victory with a one-stroke win.
Ava said she is nervous but excited about playing on the big stage against the best junior golfers. She said she calms the nerves by taking deep breaths and focusing on one swing at a time.
“Me and my mom have been working on my swing really hard. So I think about that, how I want to hit it and the distance, and then I just hit it," said Ava, who also credited her coach Evan Lambert.
However, according to her mother, Sally Sohn, the ultimate nerve-reducer for Ava is her favorite food – a bagel.
Levi said he is happy to visit North Carolina for the first time, the location where his mom played through college. Sohn was part of the University of North Carolina State’s Professional Golf Management (PGM) program – which is one of 18 Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) accredited programs nationwide – before she turned a PGA professional in 2014.
Sohn will now watch her kids, who began playing at three, compete in the same state where she developed professional skills on the links.
The national tournament is described as “The World's largest junior golf tournament, which provides a stage for golf’s next generation of stars to shine,”
Sohn said that no matter what happens next month, it’s all about the experience for the young golfers.
Beyond golf, Ava’s has dreams of someday becoming a judge so she can help people through fairness and inclusion. Levi aspires to become an Air Force pilot so he “can take his mom to see the rainbow.”
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