Thuhashini Selvaratnam, also known as “Tui” is undoubtedly Sri Lanka’s finest female golfer with experience and exposure in Arizona, United States of America. She was lately announced Arizona Women’s Golf Association player of the year for the 12th time in her extended career.
During her teenage years, Tui was an absolute sensation in the Sri Lankan circuit. However, she has transformed into a dominant figure in Arizona Women’s Golf in the recent past.
From 2001 to 2011, Tui bagged 11 player of the year awards, winning 11 Arizona State Championships including 3 Match Play Championships in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Dedication to family life halted her career for a couple of years but she certainly has returned to her ultimate best in the recent past. Tui is now a proud mother of a three year old girl.
She accumulated her points for the 2016 Player of the Year award with the support of her partner Mari Miezwa, qualifying for the all-important US Women’s 4-Ball Championship. Runner up finishes in the Arizona Women’s 4-Ball Championship, Arizona Women’s Amateur Match Play Championship and the Phoenix City Championship also contributed to her success.
The Arizona Women’s Golf Association’s Four-Ball Championship win in 2015 was another significant achievement for Thuhashini and Mari. The win didn’t come easy as Tui was just after a visit to her motherland Sri Lanka.
“I was totally jet-lagged. We didn’t have time for a practice round. We just drove in an hour before our tee time. On my own ball I shot 73 and we shot 69 for the day. My goal was just to get here. A few days before the entries closed last August, I asked Mari if she wanted to play. I told her the qualifier was not until December so we would have time to practice. So that’s what we did,” said Thuhashini. (www.usga.org).
Thuhashini was dragged into the sport, watching her mother play during her childhood. At the age of 12, in year 1999, Tui won the Sri Lanka Amateur Championship becoming the youngest player to win the national title. Her name was engraved the Guinness book of records as well.
She flew to Arizona for her higher studies. There she helped the Sun Devils to NCAA titles in 1995, 1997 and 1998.
She returned to Sri Lanka after her graduation with a mature approach to her game. Tui bagged 10 titles in just 7 months in Asia and the UAE.
She was summoned back to Arizona for the USGA (United States Golf Association) Women’s State Team Championship. Since then, she continued to shine, escorting her side to many title wins. Individually, she began to blossom into a complete golfer as well.
39 year old, Thuhashini Selvaratnam is now a varsity golf coach at Xavier College Preparatory, an all-girls private high school in Phoenix. She continues to play while mentoring young golfers in the United States of America.
Considering the future of female golfers in Sri Lanka, the association may approach Thuhashini for her assistance in the near future. Her hard-work, dedication and expertise can certainly help Sri Lanka produce champions golfers to compete in the international circuit.
Alternatively, her story itself is an inspiration to all hard-working sportswomen in the island.
/ 10 months ago
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