Thirteen-year-old Ashley Shaw, an eighth grader from Litchfield Park, won Steph Curry’s inaugural Underrated Golf Curry Cup.
The Curry Cup is the championship of this summer’s Underrated Golf tour. Underrated is a brand established in 2019 by Curry, star point guard of the Golden State Warriors. The brand announced its expansion to golf in April.
According to a statement, “Underrated Golf is a purpose-driven business endeavor with the overarching commitment to provide equity, access and opportunity to student-athletes from every community by balancing participation in the sport to truly reflect our society.”
Over 900 golfers aged 12-18 applied to the tour, and only 30 boys and 30 girls could participate. Participants then played in Chicago, Wickenburg, Houston and Tampa Bay. During the tour, players were scored based on how they placed at each location, and the top 12 boys and top 12 girls advanced to the tournament championship, The Curry Cup, in San Francisco.
Ashley finished the four stops of the Underrated Golf tour with a score of 460.83, which qualified her for the tournament championship, and she eventually placed first among the girls.
“It just blows my mind that this is the biggest tournament that I’ve ever won,” Ashley said, “To be able to have that experience and to come home with the win. I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.”
Ashley started to play golf around the age of 7, and was entered in tournaments almost immediately. She said it was around age 10 when her competitive nature started to kick in. When Shaw turned 12, she focused on the fundamentals of the sport to improve her play.
“I now understand that playing golf is more than just hitting a golf ball,” Ashley said, “It’s also important to understand the importance of golf management and course management, which is necessary to be a competitive golfer.”
Shaw said she learned a lot during the Underrated Golf Tour and Curry Cup.
“I would say my favorite part about the Underrated Golf Tour experience was being able to play with all the people from diverse backgrounds, and we were able to support each other in ways you wouldn’t normally see in other events,” Shaw said, “Also with all expenses being paid, and for us being able to travel across the country, I went to some states and some cities I’d never been to before. It was just really a lot of fun to be able to go and to have that experience.”
Shaw described her time hanging out with the basketball star as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“He is amazing. It was a lot of fun to be able to speak to him. I think what made it even more fun to be able to communicate with him was it didn’t even feel like we were talking to a celebrity, or one of the greatest of all time. It just felt like we were just talking to a fellow golfer, and we’re out there having fun,” Shaw said.
“He was out there supporting me, and all the other kids, and he followed my group on the last hole, and it was a lot of fun. He’s a really nice guy and it was a really cool and fun experience to have.”
Shaw is already looking ahead to her future. She’ll participate in the Notah Begay III Junior Golf National Championship in Louisiana this November. She also said that the Curry Cup win will go a long way for the future of her career.
“It boosts my confidence a lot, and I can’t wait to get back on the course and to keep grinding away,” Shaw said.