1) When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
I first swung a golf club when I was about 2 years old. My father put a two-sided plastic club in my hand and showed me the basics of how to swing and set me loose. He told me that I used to hit the ball down the yard right handed and then back up the yard left handed. I have been obsessed with the game ever since.
2) Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course?
My most treasured lesson on the course, one of the hardest things I have ever had to learn, was to manage my emotions. Golf is such a difficult game because it tests you mentally more than anything. Once I started to understand how to control my emotions, I saw better results. I have by no means mastered the control of my emotions on the golf course yet, but it has helped me greatly.
3) What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
From the game of golf, I have learned that I am far more competitive and determined than I realized. When I get beaten, I always try to outwork other players and make myself the best player possible. I hate to lose, but I always try and learn from my mistakes so that when I am in the same position again, I come out on top.
4) What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
I enjoy the challenge of the game of golf, you don’t play against any one person or a team. It is just you and the golf course, and there is no way to beat the golf course. I’ve found that that fact has allowed me to push myself to become a better player.
5) What are your plans for after high school?
After high school I plan to attend Seattle University and be a part of their Division I men’s golf team. I plan to study and get a four-year degree in the field of Mechanical Engineering in college. Then, I plan to pursue my dream to become a successful PGA Tour professional.
6) What advice would you give to beginning golfers looking to take up the sport?
My advice to young golfers is to practice the mental side of the game as much as the physical. When you look at the professionals on the PGA Tour, they all have great swings and perfect putting strokes, but it is the ones who are mentally prepared and strong that win championships. If you want to become great at golf, or at least see better results, work on managing your emotions and having a short memory.
7) What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Washington Junior Golf?
I have played in WJGA since I was 9 years old and the greatest lesson I learned was to always have fun while playing.
8) What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
My favorite course in the Pacific Northwest is Chambers Bay. When you play Chambers Bay there are so many different options for each shot. I like the fact that the golf course allows you to be creative, especially with your short game. There is never a simple shot on the course. Also, no matter where you are, there is always a great view to look at.
9) What has been the highlight of your golf career?
The highlight of my golfing career thus far was getting the chance to represent my state in the Hogan Cup. It has been one of my goals to play for one of the Washington teams since I was little. Thankfully my good play allowed me to do so and it felt great to be able to check that off the list.