My name is Arden Louchheim. I am a golfer from Park City, UT in the class of 2023 (junior golf scoreboard ranking #100) with aspirations to play DI college golf. I would love to share a little about myself with you. I have been playing competitive golf since I was 10 years old. During that time, I have played in the IMG Junior World Championships twice (2015, 2019), the US Kids Pinehurst World Championships once (2015), been in the finals of the Utah Junior State Amateur Matchplay twice and won it once (2018), and I recently won my first individual high school state title. Unfortunately, we were not able to have a team event due to COVID-19, but I am looking forward to competing with my team next year.
Along with golf, I am a competitive downhill ski racer at a very high level. I ski for the Rowmark Ski Academy, which is one of the best ski academies in the nation. I am also a member of the Western Regional Training Group of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. This year was one of my most successful years in ski racing. At our Western Regional Championships, I skied well enough to qualify for the National Championships (which were unfortunately canceled).
I have been a multi-sport athlete my entire life, and I only recently narrowed down to golf and skiing. I used to play catcher for a boy’s little league baseball team before moving to a comp softball team. I also played basketball for my middle school team. While my time spent playing sports other than golf could be looked at as a liability, I feel that it is a huge asset. It has only grown my competitiveness, given my body the benefits of cross-training and provided me the joys of being on a team.
My love for sports and competition has given me the drive that I need to be great at golf. Ski racing specifically has provided me with so many experiences and skills that are unique to skiing that directly impact my golf game. My extensive strength training with my ski program has greatly improved my swing speed and my distance. Mentally, there is nothing more nerve-wracking than standing in the start gate about to send yourself down an icy slope at 50 miles per hour. Having experienced this, I am able to control my mental game when I am under pressure while playing golf.
I just finished my freshman year of high school at Rowland Hall School in Salt Lake City and earned a 4.0 GPA this term while taking 3 honors classes and Mandarin Chinese II. Rowland Hall is a rigorous college preparatory program so keeping up with schoolwork while missing many days for golf and skiing is challenging, but this has taught me extensive time management skills that will assist me all throughout my life. My parents used to joke with me that I need to keep my GPA higher than my handicap, however now that my handicap is +0.2, they say that rule no longer applies!
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted most everyone’s lives. However, one positive that has come out of it is that I’ve been able to focus solely on golf. Here are my most recent tournament rounds:
Bloomington Country Club
Arrowood (FCG Memorial Day Tournament)
I hope all of this information has been helpful, but if you are going to walk away remembering only one thing, I would love it to be that I am a competitor. I love to compete. Whether it is through golf, ski racing, ping pong against my older brother, or Spikeball with my friends (side note: I love Spikeball), I love the adrenaline rush that competition brings me. I will never shy away from a big pressure moment. I live for those. I have played so many sports during my lifetime, and am such an avid sports fan because I cannot get enough of the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat excitement that sports provide.
My swing coach is Clay Ogden. If you would like to know more about me, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-589-4420. I am happy to provide other personal or athletic references if you would like.