Wangari defies odds to swim with the best at World juniors

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Aug 18, 2021
  • Chanelle Wangari is competing at the world juniors in USA.(Photo:Courtesy)

  • Chanelle Wangari in action.

PINEHURST, North Carolina, The most promosing sports Personality award winner and Africa champion, Chanelle Wangari inched closer to a podium place on Wednesday at the world juniors.

The nine-year old made her second appearance in one of the world’s biggest junior golf's tournament, the 2016 World Championship in North Carolina.

Wangari’s incredible first-round scores placed her in the second position, shooting a one-under-par 35.

She followed that round with two-over-par 38, to drop further in position for a tied for 4th, and badly needing a good final round/day, if to shake off a handful of super-talents led by ex-world champions surging just few shots behind her.

In the end, Wangari carded a five-over-par 41, stumbling with two double bogey to finish tied for eighth, a remarkable improvement from position 40 last year.

Her performances at the world stage this year proves that she is a few swings away from winning another major championship, having clinched the Africa Junior title in South Africa when she was only seven years old.

Wangari faced the best in the world and defied all odds to contend to the podium finish by rattling the pecking order. For three days, Wangari battled with other 102 juniors girls in her 9-year-old category.

Together, they played a total of 27 holes, 9 holes a day, covering over 6,000 yardages set on junior tees.

The U.S Kids championships is a yearly World’s junior tournament held at Pinehurst, N.C, and the cradle of American Golf. The event brings together, well over 1,500 top junior players from across the globe making it one of the most attended junior tournaments in the world.