There aren’t many sixth graders who can say they’ve appeared on ESPN. Wardlaw+Hartridge’s very own Aphrodite Deng ’28, a standout golfer, was perhaps most excited about her team’s exposure on the mega sports network during the recent PGA Junior League National Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Aphrodite and her team also played extremely well, winning the Skills Competition and finishing eighth overall in the Junior League Championship. Aphrodite contributed some important shots, especially long putts that resulted in birdies for her team.
“I was really excited for the competition our team was going on ESPN!” Aphrodite said. “I played nicely and our team also did well. Since it was a two-person partner competition, I made a lot of clutch putts and hit really nice iron shots.”
Aphrodite also enjoyed watching her friends and teammates hit some amazing shots, including an eagle from 151 yards away in the fairway and a 160-yard approach shot that rolled to within an inch of the hole. She was among many of the nation’s finest young golfers and proved she belonged with the elite.
“We won the skills challenge because our team made all the long putts in the circle and most of our drives were really long. I helped with chipping and the iron shots, and four people on our team got 50 points, which is the most you can get.”
Aphrodite plays in the 13-and-under division on the Fiddler's Elbow Country Club team, which won first place in the sub-regional competition at Galloping Hill Golf Course against other teams from New Jersey. Then they won first place again for the regional level at Teugega Country Club, competing with teams from Central New York, Metropolitan New York and Philadelphia. After that, they represented the State of New Jersey to compete for the National PGA Junior League Championship in Arizona.