I’ve been playing soccer since age 4. When I was 13, my competitors and teammates were a good foot taller and some were 20 pounds bigger. My main position was left defender. I survived on the field and thrived in my position as one of the best last defender in competitive club soccer around the valley in my age group. I was able to accomplish this with my speed, my tenacity, and my ability to out think my opponents. However, it only took one concussion on the field to realize that competitive soccer is no longer in my future.
My parents are both golfers(both single digit handicappers). They convinced me to take up golf in lieu of soccer. I obliged at 13. I am 17 now and I will tell you that golf is by far the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. But I realized through hours of hitting balls on the range and playing from sunrise to dusk with my parents on weekends and after school only narrowed that gap of difficulty. Golf became as equally rewarding of a game as it is difficult. So rewarding that I wake up and can’t wait get to the golf course right after school and get in as many holes as I can before dark.
I attend one of the largest school in the district. I am 1 of 1000 magnet students in a school population of about 3100 students. I am currently enrolled in the rigorous Academy of Math, Science, Arts and Technology Magnet program. In my current junior year my curriculum includes 4 AP courses, 2 HONORS courses, 3rd year of foreign language, and a crossfit class every morning to maintain my core strength and flexibility.
I know that 13 is old for junior golfers to pick up the game when I compete with juniors that have been playing the game competitively since they were 5. I realize that whether your average round scores are 67 or 76, there is always work to be done on that range after the round. I am not afraid of work. I thrive on being the underdog. You will never know if I took a birdie on that one hole or a double bogie. My mental capacity to endure and compete is my biggest strength.