1) I was first introduced to golf when I was 4 or 5 years old. My dad and I would go to a park near our house, and I would watch him do pitch shots as I messed around with a cut-down wedge and a plastic driver. At age 11, my parents enrolled me in a summer golf camp at a par three course, nothing serious but I really enjoyed it. The following summer, at age 12, was when I started my first official golf lessons and a year later I started playing competitively in WJGA.
2) Something that golf has taught me, that I really treasure, is the ability to approach and talk to different kinds of people. In golf, whether it be in a tournament setting or out on the course for fun, you never know who you’re going to be paired with. Being in a group of strangers can be awkward and stressful. I used to be extremely shy, but being on the golf course has taught me how to get out of my comfort zone and talk to the people around me, which I now really enjoy doing.
3) Golf has shown me that I can deal well with stress and nerves. The game itself is full of extremely stressful situations, especially during tournament play. Over the years, I’ve figured out how to take the nervous energy I feel and use it to my benefit instead of having it debilitate me.
4) What I enjoy most about the game of golf is how individualistic it is. When you go out there, it’s you against the golf course and you have no one to depend on but yourself. This to me is really cool because when you’re competing, you don’t need to rely on someone else to succeed. When you do well, it’s super fulfilling because you accomplished it by yourself.
5) I just signed with the University of Wyoming, so after high school I’m looking forward to playing collegiate golf for the University of Wyoming ladies’ team. I don’t have a major in mind yet, but I’m thinking somewhere along the lines of healthcare or something to do with a medical related field.
6) My advice to someone just taking up the game would be to work hard, but enjoy yourself. Golf is a super frustrating sport that, just like all sports, requires a lot of practice and dedication. The most frustrating aspect of the game is the fact that you can play great one day, but then play horribly the next. It’s important to work hard to improve so the better days outweigh the bad, but don’t push yourself to the point where you end up hating the game altogether. One more thing: a bad round is not the end of the world (even though it may seem like it).
7) The number one thing that WJGA has taught me is the rules of golf. The rules officials do a great job in being thorough when explaining the rules and the options you have when you are in a tough spot. I know the ruling for a red hazard like the back of my hand from lots of personal experience early on.
8) My favorite course in the Pacific Northwest would have to be Suncadia’s Prospector course. The trees and water around the course make it really challenging but when you take the time to look around it is really pretty with some great views. My favorite is looking down on number 10’s tee box.
9) The highlight of my golf career was the 2016 WJGA State Championship. The whole tournament was a great experience for me because I won the long drive competition they held, it was the first time that I was able to make the cut to play on the final day of the tournament, and I ended up in third place after birdying the last three holes on the last day.