PETALING JAYA: Mehekpreet Kaur Randhawa is only eight years old and she already knows what she wants to be.
Her calling involves putting a ball into holes on a golf course, rather than one where she tries to keep people healthy.
“I was interested in becoming a doctor initially but I’ve now made up my mind to be a professional golfer,” enthused the bubbly lass studying at SK Convent in Alor Setar.
Her ultimate dream is to play on the United States’ LPGA Tour and she has already taken her first baby steps towards that goal after claiming her first international title on Friday.
Mehekpreet won the girls’ Under-10 category in the Hainan Junior Golf Tour’s (HJGT) fourth leg at Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Shah Alam.
Mehekpreet saved her best for the final round, carding a one-over 37 (played over nine holes) to finish with an eight-over 116 total.
She won by a whopping 11 shots from compatriot B. S. Vikasni Laakshitaa and China’s Sui Hao.
Mehekpreet was overjoyed to have won her first international tournament having just picked up the sport in January.
“This win means a lot to me and it was indeed a proud moment for me being at the top of the leaderboard for three days and the Malaysian flag by the side of my name,” said an unabashed Mehekpreet.
“I want to be a professional golfer by 15 and compete in major professional tours. I believe nothing is impossible if one is dedicated and hardworking.”
Mehekpreet’s golf-playing grandfather Pritpal Singh inspired her to take up the sport.
“My grandfather always spoke to me about golf and I got interested and wanted to try. My father (Sharanpal Singh) played hockey but he did not encourage me to take up the game. Instead, he supported my interest in golf.”
To date, Mehekpreet has three local titles under her belt including two Under-8 wins in the SportExcel National Junior Circuit.
By emerging the HJGT’s leg champion, Mehekpreet has been rewarded with a place to compete with the region’s best at the HJGT Finals and an Australia Hills Junior Tour’s tournament – both in China – in December.