Utah State Am: 13-year-old Farmington girl raising money for soccer team

Thursday , June 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

FARMINGTON — Golfers playing in this week’s Utah State Amateur Championship have seen her to the left of the fairway on the 14th hole, across a creek.

So what’s 13-year-old Whitney Avei doing there with a table, a poster and two ice chests in her backyard? She’s hoping to keep golfers hydrated by selling bottled water and sodas, as well as raise some money for her club soccer team, La Roca Futbol Club.

“I’m trying to raise money because it’s a lot of money and we don’t have the money right now, so I’m just trying to get some money to help out,” said Avei, who says she attends Farmington Junior High.

“My neighbor kind of talked to me about it ... a couple years ago, that selling drinks to the golfers probably would be a good idea and saw there was a tournament, so I just decided to do it.”

Avei says she’s been playing soccer for 10 years and is the only one of her three siblings who plays the sport. Soccer is very important to her, she says.

It’s a savvy business idea, sitting in the backyard with ice-cold water while golfers and fans plod through 90-degree temperatures on one of the more exposed sides of the golf course, though Avei says she was hoping for better business.

“(Business is) not very good, if I’m going to be honest, but I’ve gotten a few people that have come over ... at least I’ve gotten some,” she says. 

Avei is hoping for an uptick this Friday and Saturday as the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship matches tend to draw more spectators. 

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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