Where My Golf Journey Began
It all began when my dad took up the sport of golf after a basketball injury. I often joined my dad at the golf range and enjoyed watching him learn and practice. Initially I thought golf was only for adults, but I longed to practice with my dad. Finally at age 7 my dad borrowed a junior club from the shop and let me hit a bucket of balls. As a competitive gymnast, I was incredibly strong for my size and found it easy to take my first swing. My dad marveled at my swing and helped refine my grip and form. My dad has spent countless hours helping me to develop my golf game. His patience and dedication helped prepare me for competitive golf.
Throughout the Years
I started competing in golf at age nine. During my first tournament I was enamored to see all the kids competing. I really did not know what to expect, but finished my first tournament tied for first place. Although I lost the playoff, I felt confident in doing more tournaments. I started competing in the U.S. Kids Tour in Michigan. The tour was only offered during the summer in Michigan, and I desperately wanted to keep competing. My dad found a U.S. Kids Tour in Cleveland (~3 hours drive), and we traveled there every Sunday during the Fall and Spring seasons. Over time I became seasoned at competing, and began doing larger tours. By age eleven, I had competed at the national level in Palm Beach, Florida and the world level in Pinehurst, North Carolina. I enjoyed meeting new friends as well as seeing familiar faces during travel tournaments.
My parents have been my biggest supporters in golf. My dad's patience and commitment helped shape me into the golfer I am today. My mom, although not a golfer, is my biggest cheerleader. She spent a great deal of time learning about the competitive circuit, and always knows the best tournaments around. She has helped me connect with other golfers from all over the world. I feel fortunate to have such great memories playing golf with my family.
It is so much fun golfing with my sister Mia (12) and brother Robbie (7). We have fun adventures on the course and often enjoy looking for turtles, goats, wild turkey and deer at our course. Instead of summer camp, we spend most of our days on the course. I take great pride in inspiring them to play golf. I recently began caddying for my brother, and have gained a new appreciation for my dad as caddy. I hope to continue playing golf with my siblings throughout life.