Climbing the Mountain

Last year, ESPN’s documentary A Mountain to Climb introduced golfer Pratima Sherpa to the global stage and saw her flying from her home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to New York for screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival, and to Florida to meet her hero, Tiger Woods. All of these adventures, as well as the several months she has spent living in Ventura, California with a host family, have been quite a change of pace for the now 19-year-old, who grew up living in a maintenance shed with her parents on the Royal Nepal Golf Course. Because of her proximity to the course however, Sherpa has spent much of her life playing, and excelling at, golf. These adventures are just some of the most recent chapters in the journey to her ultimate goal – to become Nepal’s first female professional golfer.

Pratima Sherpa at home in Kathmandu, standing in front of the cabinet in which she stores her trophies  Image Credit - . Vladimir Weinstein/Golf Digest

Pratima Sherpa at home in Kathmandu, standing in front of the cabinet in which she stores her trophies

Image Credit - . Vladimir Weinstein/Golf Digest

               Currently, Sherpa is living with her host family, the Montano’s, in California and attending Santa Barbara City College, where she practices with their golf team. Most recently, it was announced that she would be making her U.S. professional tournament debut in the IOA Championship of the Symetra Tour. This is a huge stepping stone towards her goal and Sherpa has stated that she is proud and excited to be “the first Nepali who has been invited by the LPGA to play in a tournament with the Symetra Tour.” Sherpa champions the values of working hard and believing in yourself and by bringing those values to golf she is opening up opportunities for herself, and others like her to have a future in the sport they love.

Anya Alvarez