Q & A with Elise Deschaine

Elise Deschaine
Portland, Ore.,
Handicap Index is 5.7.

1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?

I began playing golf at age ten and learned the game through LPGA girls golf classes.

2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course.

When I first started playing golf, I could barely hit the ball. My dad told me, “The harder you practice, the better you’ll get. Never give up.” Ever since then, if I have a bad round, or don’t place in a tournament, I think about what he taught me four years ago and it motivates me to work even harder than before.

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

Golf has taught me how patient and honest I am. Golf takes time. And with that, comes patience. Golf is also a sport of honesty and integrity. You have to be honest with your score, playing the ball where it lies, and with yourself.

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

I enjoy meeting new people. In golf, you get paired up with a lot of different people and you learn a lot about one person after playing five hours of golf with them. Golf is a game of improving. No matter how low your score is, or how many goals you reach, you can always do better and make new goals. In other sports, you win or lose, but golf has endless possibilities. I keep playing so that hopefully, one day, I find out what those possibilities are.

5. What are your plans for after high school?

My plans after high school are to play college golf. I also would like to study to become a mechanical engineer.

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

I would tell beginning golfers what golf has done for me. For example; I made lifelong friends, I learned hand-eye coordination, got to travel, and came to achieve many things through the game of golf. Plus, I would tell them how fun golf is– and that would hopefully influence them to try it out for themselves.

7. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?

I learned how to stay focused under pressure and not lose my composure. The main lesson that OJG has taught me is sportsmanship. You need to have sportsmanship throughout the whole round and stay true to yourself even if you’re not playing your best.

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

My favorite is Coeur d’Alene golf course. It’s my number one, because it’s perfectly challenging and has beautiful scenery. Plus, your round comes with a caddy.

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

The highlight of my golf career is traveling to South Carolina with The First Tee to volunteer for the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Course. Also, having a clinic with Tiger Woods was pretty amazing. Going there just proved to me how many opportunities golf has given me. It also showed me how hard every Junior there works, which was very inspirational.

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