Meet The Golfer Who Came From The Inner City To Achieve Her Dream
Shasta Averyhardt took the long, hard road to the LPGA. She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, one of the most economically depressed cities in the country and certainly not a hot-bed for golf.
She overcame the obstacles to be just the fourth African-American to play on the women’s professional tour and became an inspiration to others along the way.
“I want young girls that are traditionally unlikely to pick up the game of golf to see that it is a reality no matter where you grew up, what college you attended or the pathway to get there,” she told Golf Digest.
Averyhardt, who is an ambassador for Women of Color Golf, a not-for-profit group that promotes minority women’s and girls’ involvement in the sport, lost her tour card a few years ago but is working her way back as she tries to be a guiding light for others.
“It’s a tough road but a very rewarding road,” she told African American Golf Digest. “It’s important to me to see the image and how I can do that is by going back to Q-School to earn my tour card again. We’re here on this earth one time, why not do what makes you happy while being an example for others?”
No matter where she goes or what tour she plays on Averyhardt knows that a lot of people are watching her, including the African-American mothers of golfers she hears from.
“They said their daughters were looking up to me and following me,” Averyhardt told the Herald-Review. “They said I was an example for them. Some of their letters were very moving.”
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