To say Pratima Sherpa was born to play golf would be more than just a cliche for the 19-year-old amateur golfer.

She was born and raised at Royal Nepal Golf Club to Pasang Sherpa and Kalpana Tsering, who met while working at Royal Nepal. The golf course was Pratima’s playground from the moment she could walk. Her parents lived in a cinder block shed between the third and fourth holes and her father carved her first golf club from a wooden branch he cut from a tree on the border of the course.

It’s a story that has been chronicled several times over the last two years and seems destined to be a Hollywood movie one day. The next scene of Pratima’s remarkable journey will take place Friday when she plays in the IOA Championship in Beaumont, Calif. It’s the third event of the 2019 Symetra Tour, previously known as the LPGA Futures Tour, and will be the first professional tournament she will play in after getting a sponsor’s exemption.

Story continues at LA TIMES.

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