Central Point, Oregon
1. When did you begin playing golf and how did you learn?
I first started playing golf at the age of 12 after my grandparents took me out to Centennial golf course to chip and putt around the green. I still have the picture of my grandpa and me as he is showing me how to chip for my very first time. I fell in love with the game right away.
2. Tell me about one of your most treasured lessons on the golf course.
Most of the time, lessons on the golf course or in tournaments are tough lessons that will not likely be forgotten. There are things that are great like when you’re playing with someone who is many decades older than you and they tell you how fortunate you are to be playing this game and that they wish they would have had the same opportunity. Those are lessons that stick with you forever.
3. What have you learned about yourself through the game of golf?
Over the past few years I have had to find a way to just let go of the outcome and focus only on what I can control. I learned early on that I needed to be more patient. If I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted it was because I wasn’t ready for them and just needed to keep working at it.
4. What do you enjoy most about the game of golf?
The competition aspect of the game of golf is by far my favorite. There is no question that golf is not just a game of ability but also of mental preparedness. For a long time I never got this part of the game and it really held me back. Now that I have embraced the mental side of the game, I feel that I can set even higher goals than before.
5. What are your plans for after high school?
After graduating I will set out on the adventure of playing for a college that fits my academic and athletic needs. I have to admit that I am not totally excited about another 4 years of school. However, being able to play a sport at the college level and travel the country competing is something that I have been looking forward to for a number of years now.
6. What advice would you give beginning golfers looking to take up the sport?
Be patient. I can’t stress that enough. Golf is an awesome and rewarding game. It can also be one of the most frustrating and trying things that you will ever pursue. It’s vital to read books that support the mental side of the game and find a mental coach that will help through these trying times. Then just enjoy the adventure!
7. What has been the greatest lesson you have learned by participating in Oregon Junior Golf?
Oregon Junior Golf has provided me with a way to compete at a local level and start to get a feel for what college level golf will be like. There are so many amazing players in the OGA right now and at each tournament you have the opportunity to play with future Division 1 and Division 2 players.
8. What is your favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest?
Without question my favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest is Pacific Dunes. I have only played there once and would love to go again sometime soon. It has the most unique layout and scenery I have ever seen. Also, playing down a fairway that you can’t see due to fog is very cool. Well, at least looking back at it, it seems cool now. I might have been a little nervous at the time.
9. What has been the highlight of your golf career?
Last year I set the goal to qualify for IMG Worlds, U.S. Junior and America’s cup. At the time I might have been kidding myself since my game was far from where it needed to be. After a very long and rough offseason I was able to achieve this goal. I still can’t believe that it is really happening. I am looking forward to three weeks of amazing competition. No matter what happens; I am just going to enjoy the journey.