Winner of the girls 10-11 age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club honed her skills at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Golf and Country Club
Canadian Vanessa Borovilos captured the title for girls ages 10-11 at the annual junior golf competition’s championship final at Augusta National, the host club of the Masters. This 11-year-old rising golf star plays out of Credit Valley Golf & Country Club in Mississauga’s neighbourhood of Erindale.
Her coach at Credit Valley Golf is Doug Lawrie. Lawrie said he is impressed by Vanessa’s work ethic, and that “She has the ability to take [golf] to wherever she wants.” And Lawrie is certainly not out of bounds in this prediction. Vanessa weighs just 77 pounds and she swings her driver at 80 miles an hour.
But it is her putting that clinched her championship at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club on April 1, 2018. Vanessa needed to roll her final putt closer than 2.1 inches, and the putt ended up two inches away from the hole, giving her the victory by the slimmest of margins.
Vanessa is a back-to-back U.S. Kids Golf World champion. One of her favourite golfers is Brooke Henderson, the 20-year old a Canadian professional golfer on the LPGA Tour, named by the Canadian Press female athlete of the year for 2015 and 2017.
Vanessa says admires how Henderson stays focused on the course and tries to do the same. “Who knows, maybe I will see her out here on the LPGA one day,” said Henderson upon hearing of Vanessa’s compliment.
In the meantime, Vanessa Borovilos is enjoying her win. “You have to practice a lot to win or to do well here,” she said in a greenside interview with Golf Channel.
Vanessa was one of three Canadians to make the finals of the Drive, Chip, and Putt competition. Her passion and determination, superb skills, great coaching— and perhaps that challenging course at Mississauga’s Credit Valley Golf Club that has made it one of Ontario’s finest private golf clubs— all played a part in her championship win. She is certainly one young Canadian golfer to watch!