Klamath Falls, OR
1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
My dad always played games with the best golfers in town, including the professionals. They were such nice people that at the beginning they let me putt the greens. And before long I was playing with and against them. They taught me the right way to play and how to act on the course, from the beginning. lt was all about having fun and treating people well while in heated competition. They treated me like an adult and I acted like one.
2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course.
Years ago, I hit it in the water with my best score going. When I got a tear in my eye, the golf pro, Rocky, just laughed instead of giving me sympathy. He told me that golf still makes him want to cry, but you never want your competition to see any of that, because you will probably have to play them again soon. I have never cried during any sport since.
3. What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
I have learned that I love the adrenaline of a tight match, especially when everyone is nervous. Also, when it doesn’t go my way, I can stay positive and bounce back. Golf has definitely taught me to be humble and to become a better version of myself.
4. What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
What I love about golf is that it takes equal amounts of athleticism and mental toughness. You get to meet really cool people and you get to play your sport outside, in the most beautiful of places. I can compete in this sport my whole life.
5. What are your plans for after high school?
I want to play competitive golf and also focus on my education. l’m anxious to find a program that really embraces team golf. l’m only a sophomore and I haven’t ruled out the business of golf. I want to keep an open mind toward my future profession,
6. What advice would you give beginning golfers looking to take up the sport?
lf you don’t find the fun in golf, you will find the frustration. Learn the game from the inside out; short game first, Look for progress, not perfection. You have to love to practice. Remember the good shots, not the bad ones.
7. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?
l’ve competed with many OGA players for several years. When we are on the course, but we battle as competitors. And when we shake hands on the last green, I know that l’m doing so with some of my best friends. I learned that golf truly gives life-long friendships.
8. What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
There are five top courses in the Northwest that I love for different reasons. But, the Running Y has to be my favorite. lt’s hard to believe that such a top-notch facility is right in my backyard. The best way to describe Running Y is that every hole is visually different and it’s just a lot of fun to play.
9. What has been the highlight of your golf career?
As far as golf, l’ve been on the last two Hogan Cup Teams. My goal is to make it all four years. When you consider the tradition plus you meet many great players from other states is definitely a huge highlight.