Fifteen-year old Kiara Therese Z. Montebon from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines will be representing the country in the prestigious 2021 IMG Junior World Golf Championship set this July in San Diego, California, USA. However, her family cannot afford the huge costs of the trip including the tune-up tournaments in June so she started a fundraiser using GoFundMe, the leading online fundraising platform so she can pursue her dream of becoming a college golfer in the US and eventually making it to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Kiara will be competing in the 15-18 yo girls category together with three other national players. She is the only Filipino in the 15 yo category. Meanwhile, she was also invited to join the 2021 US Kids Golf Teen World Championship in Pinehurst, NC, USA by virtue of her outstanding performance in the same tournament in 2019 finishing in the Top 7 in the 13 yo division and was chosen to represent the International Team in the World Van Horn Cup which beat the US in the same age category. See the tune-up tournaments she wishes to participate prior to the major events in July.
June 10, 2021
USGA US Junior Girls Qualifying
Sequoja Country Club
June 19, 2021
PGA SouthCal Oaks North Summer Championship
Oaks North Golf Course
San Diego, CA
June 26, 2021
AJGA Juniors at San Jose Qualifying
The Golf Course at Moffet Field
July 5-7, 2021
FCG International Junior Golf
Sycuan Golf Course
El Cajon, CA
July 12-16, 2021
IMG Junior World Golf Championship
Torrey Pines Golf Course
San Diego, CA
July 22-25, 2021
US Kids Golf World Teen Championship
Pinehurst, North Carolina
Kiara took interest in the sport at the age of 8 even without any golfer (or anybody interested in golf) in the family. She took it seriously at the age of 10, training everyday, before and after school and continuously training until now. She lives in Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao where tournaments are scarce (even before the pandemic) and have to travel to Manila to join occasional tournaments. She is bent on joining the two major tourneys above especially because competing abroad and opportunities like this seldom come. For the past three months, she has been working out and playing with boys much stronger than she is to improve the level of her game and proving to herself that with dedication, commitment and constant practice, she can make her dreams come true and make her country proud.
As of this post, she has so far raised a total of $325 out of the $6,000 goal. All proceeds of the fundraising will be directly deposited to her aunt Nathalie Martinez’s US account since she doesn’t have one. To help Kiara, click on the GoFundMe link below.