Zoë Salinas, a kindergartner at Sycamore Ridge, has qualified for the 2015 IMG Academy Junior World Championship after winning against a group of the best girls ages eight-and-under from California and Mexico. By the 18th hole, Zoë was three strokes clear of her competitors. Zoë has traveled to Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina for golf competitions, but she will have a home-field advantage with this year’s championship set to take place at her home course, Colina Park, where she has made four hole-in-ones in her young career.

The championship will be taking place in July and will host young golfers from all over the world. Notable past winners of the event include Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. In the meantime, this Carmel Valley golfer will practice every morning before school because she has a big incentive. “If you win, you get a big trophy and get to choose where the family has dinner that evening!” shared Zoë.