When I started First Tee at the age of 9, I never thought my journey in golf would evolve to me striving to play collegiate golf. My experiences in golf thus far have taught me perseverance, dedication, and maturity. I have learned many great life lessons and it has provided me with opportunities that are noteworthy off and on the course.
My goal after high school graduation is to find a university that allows me to meet my academic and athletic goals. I want to be able to find a balance between being a successful student and competitive golfer. Finding a program that allows me to make a great connection with the Coach and bond with my teammates is also important. The traits that I believe represent me are highly organized, self-motivated, and respectful. I have strong communication skills and manage my time well.
Both of my parents are immigrants from Vietnam who took the journey to America with their family in hopes for a better life. My mom is now a successful dentist who owns and runs her own practice, and my dad is a financial analyst for Davita. They have worked hard to provide a comfortable life for my sister and I and have taught us that determination and perseverance are integral to achieving our goals. I always remember not to take anything for granted and try to make them proud knowing the circumstances they grew up with.
In my free time I am mostly golfing, but I do enjoy hanging out with friends, spending time with family, trying new foods, shopping, and volunteering. The two main organizations that I participate in are The First Tee of Greater Seattle and the Washington Junior Golf Association. About three years ago my friend Brianna and I came up with this idea to give back to the volunteers by raising money to give each volunteer a five-dollar Starbucks gift card. We were able to bring the idea to life and since then we have tried to give back at least once every year. The following year, I alongside three others were able to host an appreciation dinner for the volunteers of WJGA and First Tee of Greater Seattle at Overlake Golf and Country Club. This took a much larger effort, but it was such a fun memorable night that I will never forget. For the last two years, I hosted a charity golf tournament with some of our closest golf friends whom we share the same last name with. All of the proceeds were donated to Washington Junior Golf Association and The First Tee of Greater Seattle.
I am excited to continue my academic and golf journey and look forward to getting stronger, hitting longer, scoring lower and one day making my mark in the world.