Nepal

Her first set of clubs was whittled from branches. Now Pratima Sherpa hopes to become Nepal's first pro golfer

Her first set of clubs was whittled from branches. Now Pratima Sherpa hopes to become Nepal's first pro golfer

When junior golfer Pratima Sherpa lists the Royal Nepal Golf Club as her home course, she is being literal.

The 17-year-old has lived her entire life in a maintenance shed between the third green and fourth tee.

When she talks about the pleasure of smacking drives with a wood, she is being serious.

Her first set of clubs was whittled from branches that fell from the trees lining the course.

When this 5-foot-2 powerhouse from Kathmandu says she is trying to do the impossible, she means it.

“Where I’m from, people from poor families are not supposed to even be able to touch a golf ball,” Sherpa says. “I tell everyone, ‘I will show you.’”

She’s...

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