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The Full Story

All Glory to God

I would not have made it as far in my golf journey without God. My dad was my only source of guidance throughout my entire career because we could not afford to pay for lessons. My first pair of golf shoes came from the First Tee of Southern Nevada garage sale and my first set was this old set that was cut down to fit a tiny 8 year old. I would not call my story an underdog story, but more of an under-God story. 

Las Vegas

"Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

-Matthew 11:28-30

my story = overcoming

I would say the common theme of my golf career is Perseverance. When I was 14 years old, I won the Nevada State Junior golf championship with a 100 degree fever and strep throat in 112 degree Las Vegas weather. In high school, I shot even par three times with a dislocated wrist. In college, I was diagnosed with scoliosis that caused back pain that hurt so much, I couldn't breathe. No matter what came my way, with the strength of God (and amazing trainer staff) I overcame. I see golf is a lot like life. You plan as well as you can for the 18 holes to come, but sometimes like life, the course throws a few curveballs. I would say I am the queen of curveballs and I am ready for whatever is thrown at me.

The Pandemic and what came after

No one could have predicted the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that came after. I was in the middle of a collegiate golf tournament. During the first round, we had stop early due to a rain delay. Back at the AirBnB with my team, we got the official word that we were getting sent back to school because of the shutdown. I felt like everything around me was spiraling out of control. Not even a few days later, I was back in my hometown of Las Vegas, wondering what the heck just happened. I was mentally distraught during the shutdown. School was on Zoom, I experienced my first failed relationship, and I had no golf. I felt like I lost all my purpose. I felt alone. I was on the verge of calling it quits. Most athletes wanting to turn professional did. They felt as though Covid-19 set them back. However, just like when I was kid, God was there. He was speaking to me and telling me to overcome. 

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Turning pro

One year after the pandemic, I won the Jack Brown Memorial tournament in Laredo, Texas my senior year against the #1 DII team in the nation. It was then that I felt a calling in my heart to turn professional. From there it has been an ongoing battle that I am so deeply in love with. The passion I have for golf combined with my faith in God and His plans for me is what drives my every day. By no means has this journey been easy, but I have faith that I am meant to be a part of this game, and will only succeed with the ultimate caddie; God. 

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"

-Romans 8:28 NIV
 
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