Amari Avery doesn’t regurgitate everything her parent’s have taught her. She’s her own, dignified spokesperson. We followed her every move during the 46th African American Day Parade, and every insight she had about golf, music, and culture came from a sincere place of maturity and confidence. She has that “it” factor, that invisible key to success often espoused by professional scouts and fans alike.
And despite displaying that high level of maturity, we still caught her doing the “whip” and “nae nae” dance–she just can’t escape that youthful exuberance.
If Drake is leading the well-established coalition between Hip Hop and sports (basketball and football) for the new Hip Hop generation, a young Amari Avery has the potential to bring a similar kind of funk to the world of golf. Creative vines and memes dominate the young lifestyle, so we asked Amari about her relationship with the culture:
What are your thoughts about Hip Hop?
“Well…I see it as a positive art form. I actually love hip hop.”
Do your friends share the same opinion?
“Sure, it surrounds me a lot. And it keeps us happy”
What do you like better. The popular dances or the actual songs?
“I think I like the songs better. It just keeps you more motivated”
Is it your preferred genre of music to listen to before you golf?
“When I’m on the way to the course, I often listen to the music.”
Do you have a favorite Hip Hop artist?
“I like a lot. Drake, Jeremih, and Nicki Minaj… just to name a few.”
Do you think golf will embrace Hip Hop the way basketball and football has?
“Not really, because… basketball is a bit more active, and songs kind of help that. Golf is often more mental and deals with more finesse.”
Amari showed a lot of enthusiasm for Hip Hop, a genre which permeates almost every aspect of American pop culture– but, for now, establishing her mark in golf is her main focus; the 2 time World Amateur Golf Champion and reigning Southern California Junior PGA Tour Champion exhibits a high level of respect for the influential athletes that paved her way, but even when she’s praising them, her competitiveness comes out.
“Inbee Park is someone I look up to, and I want to be as great as her, but greater.”
You may have seen Amari Avery showcasing her talent in the film, The Short Game. Avery, who is black and Filipino and is nicknamed “Tigress,” mirrors the backstory of Tiger Woods. But with Alona Avery, her younger sister, sharing the same golf space, we may see a potential Venus & Serena-like combo. Of course, some may render that chance as hyperbole, but the potential is certainly there. Great parenting, natural talent, solid grit and work ethic will inevitably take Amari to the next level, and we’re ready to see this tigress prowl the professional golf course.
Photo Credit: Wilkine Brutus