Estela Morales Segarra, LPGA Class A Professional at Keney Park and Goodwin Park in Connecticut, is a true inspiration for many when it comes to growing the game of golf. With endless amounts of certifications, an elevated example for the LPGA, as well as an advocate for Latinas in golf, her story of how she got to where she is today is a remarkable one.
Introduced to the game at age eight through her father, Morales Segarra instantly fell in love with golf, soon competing in Junior Golf events in her native home, Mexico. “I came in third in the first tournament I ever played, and it made me feel confident, like I was good at this,” said Morales Segarra. She found herself at the course day after day, often practicing with the boys and a couple other girls. Then, later joined the Mexican Amateurs Female Golfers Association.
Like many little girls in Mexico, Nancy Lopez was her inspiration growing up. “She was on top of the world at the time, and I remember my dad pointing Nancy Lopez out as another Latina golfer,” she said. “My father bought me my first set of clubs, a Nancy Lopez set, when he saw how much I loved the game.”