1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
I was introduced to golf by my parents. My parents used to play a round of golf every Saturday at a course near our house. They didn’t want to find a babysitter for me while they were gone so they would take me with them, hoping I would someday take interest in the game. Unfortunately in the beginning, the only thing I took interest in was riding on my dad’s push cart. Eventually however, I started to appreciate the game and its finesse. My parents bought me my first set of clubs when I was seven.
2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course?
One of my most treasured lessons on the golf course was something my coach told me a few years ago. He told me that the most important shot in golf is the one you are about to hit. I have followed that philosophy ever since and it has made me a stronger golfer.
3. What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
I have been playing golf for over half of my life so golf has had a huge impact on who I am today. One thing I’ve learned about myself though the game of golf is that I have an aggressive and bold side. I have always been considered a shy person who takes the conservative route; but when I am on the golf course, I take aggressive lines (over bunkers, through narrow tree gaps) and commit to my shot. I have been trying to take this element of my game outside the course too and try to approach more people with more confidence.
4. What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
My favorite part of golf is that it is a sport that is set in a beautiful outdoor environment. I love playing different golf courses all around Oregon and it makes it more fun that no two golf courses are the same. Each course has its own style and a different story to tell. It always amazes me how many different types of golf courses there are even just in the Pacific Northwest.
5. What are your plans for after high school?
After high school I would like to go to a college and hopefully play golf for them. I currently have no preference for which college to go to but hopefully it will either be close to home so I can visit my parents often, or close to my brother who lives in New York.
6. What advice would you give beginning golfers looking to take up the sport?
I would tell them to keep playing the game and to not give up. I would also tell them to not get frustrated when they make mistakes. Instead try to learn to appreciate them because they help you become a better golfer.
7. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned by participating in Oregon junior golf is to learn from the mistakes I make on the golf course instead of getting mad at myself. I realized it is only when I make mistakes that I really learn about my game and myself as a person. It also makes for a fun and challenging next shot.
8. What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
My favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest is probably Langdon Farms. The staff at Langdon Farms are incredibly nice and you can tell they really take pride in their course. The golf course is also naturally gorgeous and kept in prime conditions even in the winter time, which always makes it a treat to play. One of my favorite parts about Langdon Farms is every time I am there, I always catch a glimpse of one of their picture perfect wedding receptions held near the 18th green.
9. What has been the highlight of your golf career?
The highlight of my golf career has been playing in the Callaway Junior Worlds in 2014. I got to go to San Diego, the city my mom used to live in, and play golf with so many talented girls from all over the world. The coolest part was getting to know girls who were from Mexico, the Philippines, and the U.K. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had!