Golf: Rising Kiwi amateur Amelia Garvey's Augusta dreams dashed

This month, New Zealand's top female amateur golfer Amelia Garvey was meant to be teeing it up at Augusta National.  

Instead she's locked down in Christchurch, her dreams scuppered by the coronavirus-enforced cancellation of the Women's Amateur event.

But she's not completely removed from the golf course. A short stroll from the living room to the fringes of Waitikiri Golf Club is giving Garvey something to aim at.

"I got a bit inventive and started doing a bit of chipping around the garden," Garvey told Newshub. 

"Then luckily, a few days ago, a couple of the members here said I could tee it up in my backyard and hit a few out there, as long as I was staying safe."

She's even turned an old vege patch into a makeshift sandtrap.

Last month, Garvey was in the United States and in the form of her life.

She had helped her University of Southern California side become the No.1 ranked team in the country, and they were on the verge of a national title.

"It didn't seem real when it all got taken away from us…. especially for our seniors that were going for the last time to try and get that win."

Last year, Garvey finished runner up at the Women's British Amateur. This month, she was set to play on an even bigger stage.

"I've been so excited to have that opportunity of a lifetime, to go to Augusta and compete against some of the best Amateur women in the world, so it was a tough pill to swallow."

Luckily, her invitation has been extended to next year.

For now, she'll continue to make divots in her parents back yard until the course staring her in the face is open proper.

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