Seven-year-old Beau Ellington of Paradise Valley has much to celebrate as she recently earned the title of World Champion at the U.S. Kids World Golf Championship in her category.
In early August, Beau competed with 46 other 7 and under girls from around the world in Pinehurst, North Carolina. After three rounds, Beau’s final scores were 42-32-34, finishing even par overall. Until age 10, the competitors play nine holes as opposed to the standard 18.
“Winning was so cool, but I especially enjoyed meeting kids from all around the world who share my love for golf,” said Beau. While accepting the award as World Champion, she even gave a shout-out to her fellow southpaws: “This one is for all the lefties out there!”
Beau’s mother, Lauren, says her daughter’s competition in Pinehurst was not only an experience, but a lifetime memory. “Pinehurst was incredible. To compete against the absolute best junior golfers in the world and to finish on top was truly surreal,” said Lauren.
Beau has been competing in tournaments for a little over a year. In addition to being World Champion at Pinehurst, Beau has also earned titles as U.S. Kids Arizona State Champion and the U.S. Kids Tour Player Champion. Beau says she would love to continue to play golf in high school, college and eventually in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
Beau’s parents say she has had a golf club in her hand since she was a toddler and playing golf runs in the family. She is inspired by her grandfather, Mark Coward, who is a retired professional golfer of 20 years.
After attending All Saints Episcopal Day School, Beau spends her afternoons practicing golf at McCormick Ranch and Camelback Country Club.
Beau is also lucky enough to play her favorite game with her best friend. Gracie McGovern is a two-time World Champion – she and Beau train together.
Gracie’s father, Sean, coaches the two friends and even doubles as their caddy.
“It’s really exciting caddying as well as being Gracie and Beau’s coach,” McGovern said. “Having taught them both all the tools they are using and having the upmost knowledge of their strengths and personalities gives us a relationship that so far has worked well throughout the pressure of major competitions.”
Beau and Gracie have a unique bond of being two of only three girls from Arizona to be named World Champions, the other being LPGA player Cheyanne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece.
In addition to playing golf, Beau loves to spend her free time fishing, swimming, making slime and riding bikes. She also loves going to the movie theater and doing art projects. Beau also really enjoys playing chess. Her favorite subjects in school are Spanish and science.
“One day, I would like to be a realtor like my mom and play college golf,” said Beau.
“Knowing how hard and competitive the sport of golf is…having my daughter compete against all the best girls her age from around the world and winning the biggest tournament of the year makes me one proud papa,” said Beau’s dad, Chris.
When Beau isn’t playing in tournaments, she enjoys playing golf with her grandfather, father, and brother, Crew (5). She also looks forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas day, when her family participates in a traditional golf match.