Q & A With Cassie Kim

1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn? I have played golf for as long as I can remember. But I started playing serious golf at the age of 11, when I joined the Washington Junior Golf Association. I learned how to play from my dad and he is still, to this day, my coach.

I have played golf for as long as I can remember. But I started playing serious golf at the age of 11, when I joined the Washington Junior Golf Association. I learned how to play from my dad and he is still, to this day, my coach.

2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course? I think that one of the most important things I learned on the golf course was how to have fun with the sport. If I hadn’t learned that from a young age, I would not have been able to come as far as I have today.

I think that one of the most important things I learned on the golf course was how to have fun with the sport. If I hadn’t learned that from a young age, I would not have been able to come as far as I have today.

3. What have you learn about yourself through the game of golf?

I learned that I can do whatever I put my mind to– and that confidence and hard work will all pay off. Especially when it comes to playing a tough shot, I think my mental state about how to deal with those situations has grown.

4. What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?

I enjoy the game because of what it is. It calms me when I have had a rough day. And tournaments get me pumped up about the round. It’s also really fascinating that golf is so different from other sports both from the mental and physical standpoint. I also enjoy that I’ve made many friends through playing golf.

5. What are your plans for after high school? After high school, I would like to play golf at a PAC12 university. I am also looking to continue my education with focus on the medical field.

After high school, I would like to play golf at a PAC12 university. I am also looking to continue my education with focus on the medical field.

6. What advice would you give to beginning golfers looking to take up the sport?

I would advise that it takes patience. If golf requires anything, it’s patience and hard work. These qualities make it easier to learn to enjoy the sport. All your hard work seems to pay off much later, but once it does it makes everything worth it. Also, you should stick to it, and try to enjoy the sport as much as you can. Even if it’s hard at times, if you remember that you really enjoy it, you will go far.

7. What has been the greatest lesson you have learn by participating in Washington Junior Golf? The greatest lesson I have learned by participating in Washington Junior Golf is the friendly and competitive atmosphere it brings. Although it is a competition, I have so many friends that I’ve made through golf—on and off the course. And once I’m on the course, I see how everyone is trying to do their very best that day during that round– and it really is amazing, especially since I see it starting from a young age. I’ve also made some fantastic friendships as I play Junior Golf, since I’ve encountered the same group of kids for a very long time. It’s also interesting to see how they grow both as a golfer and a person as they get older.

The greatest lesson I have learned by participating in Washington Junior Golf is the friendly and competitive atmosphere it brings. Although it is a competition, I have so many friends that I’ve made through golf—on and off the course. And once I’m on the course, I see how everyone is trying to do their very best that day during that round– and it really is amazing, especially since I see it starting from a young age. I’ve also made some fantastic friendships as I play Junior Golf, since I’ve encountered the same group of kids for a very long time. It’s also interesting to see how they grow both as a golfer and a person as they get older.

8. What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?

My favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest is probably Three Lakes in Wenatchee. I grew up on this golf course and the course reminds me of how I grew up around the game of golf. If anything, it brings back memories of my childhood.

9. What has been the highlight of your golf career?

The highlight of my golf career was when I won the 2016 Banner Bank Invite at Walla Walla Country Club and 2016 WJGA District Championship at Wildhorse Golf and Casino in Pendleton, Oregon. At the Banner Bank Invite, after the first round I was two strokes down to my opponent and I caught up the next day and won after a three-hole playoff. At the District Championship, I shot my lowest score, so far, in my golfing career. In the two day tournament, I shot a total of 4 under par, 71-69. At both of these events, I felt myself go into a level of focus that I do not usually experience while playing. Both of these are considered highlights because that level of focus was something that made me enjoy the game even more.

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