Celine Borge, Epson Tour Graduate, made 17 cuts in 21 starts on the Epson Tour in 2022, recording six top-10 finishes to earn membership for the 2023 LPGA Tour Season. In addition, she picked up her first career Epson Tour victory at the Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic.
My golf story is my life story.
I've been playing golf since I was six, so it feels like this sport has always been with me. It has brought me joy, given me a career, and helped me see the world.
Competing on the Epson Tour and earning my LPGA Tour card has been the achievement of a lifetime. I'm so excited that this is just the beginning.
Growing up in Norway, golf was where I bonded with my father. He introduced my brother and me to the sport at the local golf course.
It wasn’t long before we started to take part in more structured practice sessions.
Having access to golf at such an early age helped instill the love and passion for the sport.
Become a professional
For me, the main goal was to become a professional golfer. I can't remember a time that wasn't my dream.
Your life goals decide what you have to do, and for me, that meant traveling all over Norway and beyond to become a professional golfer.
Late nights, countless hours of working on my craft — whatever it took.
I had a laser-like focus to get to the LPGA.
For some, the road to the LPGA means time spent playing college golf in America. But that was never much of a consideration for me. My main focus was to get to the big stage, and I spent my energy working on my craft, improving, and moving toward my LPGA Tour card.
The Epson Tour was where I tested and developed my skills against some of the best golfers in the world. Luckily, I had the right people by my side to help me succeed.
It takes a village
To turn professional in any sport, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes. You have to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for the journey.
In order to do so, you need to surround yourself with a group of people who believe in your dream as much as you do.
For me, that involved my parents and my coaching team.
Hailing from Norway, there were many times I was many miles from home. But it was so reassuring to know my parents were just a phone call away. Always there to talk to, whether it was just to catch up, get some advice, or just vent about the challenges in front of me.
It's great knowing your parents are by your side, even if they aren't literally by your side.
As far as my coaches are concerned, it’s very reassuring that we have been working together for a very long time because good coaching is hard to find.
Good coaches have to not only know the sport but be good at explaining it at your current level and helping you understand how to get the most out of it.
In golf, this relationship is even more delicate than in team sports like football, for example, where they have to coach dozens of people.
Here in golf, it's often just you and your team — working on the same task.
So, when I found coaches that matched my style and were a good fit, I never changed.
We’ve been together since childhood, and I hope we can continue for as long as possible.
Living the dream
Now that I've earned my LPGA Tour card, it’s time to tackle the next step.
I’m obviously very excited about my LPGA status, but in all honesty, I more so look at it as “another step in the right direction.”
It feels great to know that your hard work has paid off, and that you seem to be on the right track.
It’s always been a big goal of mine so compete at the highest level. So, earning that privilege is definitely a proud accomplishment.
But now, it’s all about getting ready for that next chapter.
I can't wait to compete with the best of the best and see where I stack up.