Rachel Rohanna

Symetra Tour

  • Role at LPGA

    Symetra Tour Member

  • College:

    Ohio State University

  • Who introduced you to golf and when did you start playing?

    Golf was on both sides of my family. I grew up playing on Rohanna’s Golf Course, a course that my father's uncle owned in Waynesburg, PA, but my maternal grandfather was my swing coach and who I spent almost all my golf time with. My maternal grandmother was also a teaching pro, so I spent a lot of time with her as well. My grandfather was the one who had really pushed me into competitive golf when I was 8 years old. It was very nerve wracking to me, but after about three tournaments and a lot of encouragement, I fell in love and knew it was something I wanted to do for as long as possible.

  • Why did you decide to make golf your career?

    I fell in love with the game and love competition in general. To me, becoming a professional golfer didn't seem far-fetched or "abnormal.” My grandfather had played on Tour, my grandma had played competitively and was the coach at Youngstown State, and I had an older cousin who was on track to playing professionally as well.

  • Why do you recommend golf to more women and girls?

    The game has taught me so much and I would recommend that anyone get involved with it. I think it promotes patience, integrity, drive and self-confidence: all things that are extremely important to possess as a female leader.

  • How can golf be more welcoming to women and girls like you?

    I think more opportunities for women to be involved on every level would be helpful; but just as much as we feel "left out" sometimes, I also think it is our job to step up and break stereotypes and just jump into the game. For example, as a junior golfer, I was the only girl on my high school team until my sister joined as a freshman when I was a senior. Not many of my girlfriends were interested because first, not many kids played the game and second, there was no girls team, so coming from a non-golf background, you would just assume girls wouldn't play.

     

    On a professional level, I think the LPGA Tour is headed in a good direction with promoting our players. Most people know all the PGA Tour players and everything about their lives because they have a ton more media attention. While we don't have the television viewership like the PGA Tour, the LPGA utilizes other outlets to showcase and tell stories of their players. I think doing this helps fans get to know us better and WANT to watch us.

  • Advice to your younger self?

    As a junior golfer, I LOVED softball and knew I wanted to play as long as I could. I played through my senior year of high school and even started having doubts as to whether I wanted to play golf or softball in college, but I knew I had a chance of a career in golf. I was patient with my dreams and told myself to pace myself because it was a lifelong goal. Sometimes as an adult, I have to think back to my younger self and remember to stay patient. It's funny that as a professional golfer, it's harder to look at the game now than when you were a “kid,” but if I had to give myself some advice, it would be to practice my “feel putting.” I always struggled with "feeling" a putt, but had worked hard over the last 8 years to become a better putter. I sometimes wonder that if I had started some of my specific drills at an earlier age, it could have helped significantly in college and the beginning of my professional career.

  • What is it like balancing life between working on a farm and being a mom on Tour?

    It's sometimes about as difficult as you can imagine, but I can't think of my life any other way. There are many days when my husband and I are covering just about every hour of the day, trying to juggle everything. There are nights where I'm practicing my putting until 11:30 PM because that's the only time I have to practice. Our calendars include calving, breeding (cattle), golf, story time, play group, and doctors' appointments. Trying to figure out when to plan a birthday party is not easy either with our travel.

     

    I remember one specific time last year, Gemelia had a Halloween party and I was supposed to leave at 9:30 AM the next morning for a tournament. Ethan had the wrong departure time and couldn't get away from the butcher shop. At midnight, I had to change my flight to 11 AM because it was impossible to do everything we needed to do by then. An hour and a half is vital time for us.

  • Who would be in your dream foursome?

    My grandfather Dick Schwartz, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Bobby Jones, and Me.

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