- RACE TO CME GLOBE
Symetra Tour Member
Wake Forest University
My dad started taking my sister and I to the range when I was about 6 years old. At first, my sister and I started out by sharing only one club between the two of us. Then once we really fell in love with it, we asked for a set of golf clubs for Christmas. After I had my own set I started playing in tournaments when I was 9.
Growing up, I did both golf and gymnastics competitively. As soon as it became too demanding to compete in both sports, I realized I had to make a choice between the two. After I decided to pursue golf, I told my twelve-year-old self that my goal was to play professionally. Ultimately, I chose golf because it was a sport that taught me many life lessons and that every day is always a new challenge.
I recommend golf to more women and girls because there’s no life span on golf. Whether you play competitively or for fun, you can play at any age. Also, it teaches you so many great lessons such as patience, discipline and honesty.
Golf can be more welcoming to diverse women and girls by having less strict rules like dress codes, limiting times of day women can play and shifting the overall attitude of how people act towards women and diverse groups of people on the golf course. The attitude should be more ‘everyone is welcome to join’ rather than ‘we don’t want those type of people playing golf.'
When I was younger, I felt like I missed out on a lot of things because I was playing golf. But, I would tell my younger self that everything you are doing is worth it and to keep persevering.
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