How did you get started playing golf?
I began playing golf by watching my dad and brother play. Then they took me out to practice on the range. When I finally got to go out on the course, I was hooked on the game.
Who taught you how to play golf?
My dad taught me in the very beginning but soon had me attending clinics and golf camps to get professional instruction early in my development.
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
My dad has been influential in instilling in me the love of golf and teaching me that any goal worth attaining takes practice and perseverance.
If you could play any golf course in the world, what would it be and why?
I would like to play PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It is in a great location near family and it is a challenging course.
What are your favorite clubs in your bag?
My favorite clubs in my bag are my five-wood and putter. I feel confident with these clubs.
When you are not playing golf, what are you doing?
I am a shop-a-holic and also love to watch the Kansas Jayhawks (my brother’s school) and Indiana Hoosiers (Mom and Dad’s school) play basketball.
As a junior golfer, who do you look up to for inspiration?
I am impressed by Carling Coffing’s success despite Juvenile Diabetes. It’s hard enough competing when you’re feeling 100%. She’s amazing as a player and a person! Doesn’t seem to take herself too serious and has a great sense of humor. I love her birdie dance.
Do you have any superstitions on the golf course?
Yes, I always have three different colored tees in my pocket.
What has been your favorite memory so far on the golf course?
The first time I broke 80 (76) in an official tournament I bladed a pitch shot so hard with my 56 deg wedge, hitting halfway up the flag stick, slamming into the hole and popping out leaving a 1-inch putt! Instead of a double bogey or worse, I ended up with a par. Luck can be big in golf!
What do you hope to accomplish as a golfer?
I want to continue improving my game and hopefully reach my full potential as a player. And if that would result in an opportunity to play NCAA Div I, awesome! Regardless, I hope to continue meeting new friends along the way and have as much fun as I have playing now.