Age: 14 years old
Hometown: West Linn, Ore.
Handicap Index: 16.3
When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
I began playing golf when I was two years old. My dad was a PGA Professional at Brandon Dunes Golf Resort, so I was raised on one of the best courses in America. My first memories were built at Bandon Dunes. Returning to the resort with Oregon Junior Golf during the 2017 Norquist Junior Amateur was extra special for me. My family was always at the golf course which lead to my passion of the game. I learned through the teachings of my dad of how to understand and play.
Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course?
My most treasured lesson on the golf course was when I found positivity in even my bad rounds. One day at a tournament I wasn’t playing very well, I was getting down on myself and my game reflected. It was at that point in my game when I decided I wanted to stay positive even through the bad shots. Being positive during that round allowed me to have more fun and play better.
What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
I have learned how to work hard through golf. I always wanted to be the best I could when I was playing golf. I would have to put in the hard work practicing before I would get the result I wanted. I had to learn that through my failure and learn from the mistakes to become better.
What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
I enjoy playing golf with my family and friends at beautiful courses while improving my game.
Equipment & Snacks: What is your favorite golf club in your bag? What are your favorite on-course snacks?
My favorite club is my 58-degree wedge because I love all the different shots I can hit with one club. My favorite snack on the course is peanut butter pretzels with a strawberry lemonade.
Do you have any superstitions when it comes to the game of golf?
A superstition I have right before a tournament is to wash all my clubs with a tooth brush to play well.
What are your plans for after high school?
After high school I want to play college golf in California and hopefully get a scholarship to a great school.
What advice would you give young girls looking to take up the sport?
I would tell young girls looking to take up the sport to have a lot of perseverance. Golf is a challenging game where you must keep working and pushing yourself to be the best you can be. Golf is a hard sport mentally and physically but when your hard work pays off it is the most rewarding sport there is.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?
The greatest lesson I’ve learned through Oregon Junior Golf is how to show courtesy. Through Junior Golf I have learned how to be competitive while following the rules and encouraging my competitors. Courtesy is a big value of Junior Golf where everyone is expected to apply the rules while being kind and considerate of other players.
What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
My favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest is Bandon Trails because of the amazing design and layout that the course has to offer.
What has been the highlight of your golf career?
The highlight of my golf career is the friends I’ve made through Oregon Junior Golf. They have turned into lifetime best friends thanks to the game of golf.