Poway , CA
Age: 14 - 15
The Path to the National Finals
Should a player advance through local qualifying, the subregional and regional qualifying sites are pre-determined based upon the local qualifying site. The player is not guaranteed participation in the subregional qualifier unless he/she advances through local qualifying. The player is not guaranteed participation in the regional qualifier unless he/she advances through local and subregional qualifying.
Local QualifierEvent CompletedOceanside, CA 92057Jun 27, 2022
Sub-Regional QualifierEvent CompletedCoto de Caza, CA 92679Aug 8, 2022
Regional QualifierEvent CompletedScottsdale, AZ 85262Sep 25, 2022
San Diego, California
NAME AND LOCATION OF SCHOOL:
Poway High School, Poway
GRADE IN SCHOOL:
HOME GOLF COURSE AND LOCATION:
PLAY GOLF RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED:
AGE STARTED PLAYING GOLF:
8 years old
LOWEST SCORE SHOT (9 AND/OR 18 HOLES):
71 (18 holes)
HOW DID YOU BECOME INTERESTED IN GOLF?
I grew up around the golf course because my dad played. I wanted to spend more time with him so I started playing.
WHO INTRODUCED YOU TO GOLF?
WHO DO YOU NORMALLY PLAY GOLF WITH?
Either my dad or my high school team
WHO IS YOUR GOLF INSTRUCTOR?
Jeremy Clevenger, Cavin McCall, Dennis Sheehy, James Cassidy
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT PLAYING GOLF?
I like how creative you can be with each shot
WHAT PART OF GOLF DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE THE MOST?
WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT THING ABOUT GOLF?
Staying focused on the present shot and not getting distracted by future or past shots
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLUB?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE WORLD?
Hualalai Golf Course
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT IN GOLF SO FAR?
Making it to the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals
DO YOU PARTICIPATE IN PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT?
My favorite thing is that each time I get to see a new course.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS FROM YOUR LOCAL, SUBREGIONAL OR REGIONAL QUALIFIERS:
In the regional qualifiers, I made the first two putts which was really exciting. It was also really cool meeting the secretary of the PGA and being interviewed.
HAVE YOU TRIED TO QUALIFY FOR DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT IN THE PAST? IF SO, PLEASE LIST EACH YEAR AND YOUR PREVIOUS RESULTS:
I have competed every year since 2015. Every year I lost in the local round.
DID YOU WATCH LAST YEAR’S DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT NATIONAL FINALS ON TELEVISION? IF SO, WHAT IMPACT DID THAT HAVE ON YOUR PARTICIPATION THIS YEAR?
I watched the Drive, Chip and Putt last year on TV. It was really inspiring. When I went to the local round, I kept thinking about how someone I was competing against could make it to Augusta. I never thought that it would be me.
LIST FROM STRONGEST TO WEAKEST – DRIVING, CHIPPING, PUTTING:
Putting, Chipping, Driving
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE MASTERS BEFORE? IF SO, WHEN?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MASTERS MEMORY? U.S. OPEN OR U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN MEMORY? PGA CHAMPIONSHIP OR WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP MEMORY?
Scottie Scheffler winning the Masters in 2022 despite 4 putting on 18. Jordan Speith winning the US open in 2015 after bouncing back from a double on 17. Nelly Korda winning the women's PGA championship in 2021.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY WATCHING GOLF ON TV?
In 2017 when Jordan Speith made a bunker shot to win the Travelers and chest bumped his caddie.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Jordan Speith because he is really good at scarmbling and turning a bad situation into a good one. I really look up to this and hope that someday I will have this skill.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE GOLFER, AND WHY?
Nelly Korda because of how slow her swing is. I struggle with a too fast swing, and I hope to be able to learn from Nelly's.
WHO IS THE COOLEST PLAYER IN GOLF, AND WHY?
Collin Morikawa is really cool because he is so young, but he is so good.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE TO PLAY GOLF WITH A DREAM FOURSOME, WHO WOULD THE OTHER THREE PEOPLE BE?
Nick Saban, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Speith
DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS AS IT RELATES TO GOLF? IF SO, PLEASE DESCRIBE:
If I hit a good drive using a certain tee or certain ball, I keep using it
DO YOU PLAY ANY GOLF VIDEO GAMES? IF SO, WHICH ONE(S)?
I have played Top Golf before
WHAT FOOD WOULD YOU SERVE AT YOUR CHAMPIONS DINNER AT AUGUSTA NATIONAL?
I would serve Italian food.
FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:
FAVORITE SCHOOL TEACHER:
My English teacher Ms. Abtahi or my geography teacher Mr. Mckee
FAVORITE SPORT (OTHER THAN GOLF):
Fencing or Football
FAVORITE SINGER / MUSIC GROUP:
FAVORITE TV SHOW:
The Office or This Is Us
DESCRIBE ANY TALENTS OR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GOLF:
I am very interested in Fencing. I compete at the national level in epee and I get to travel all over the country for it. I have made so many fencing friends that live all over the US.
DESCRIBE ANY OBSTACLES YOU’VE OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE:
I used to have a lot over trouble with my mental game in golf and fencing
HERO / ROLE MODEL(S):
Nelly Korda, Nick Saban, Any D1 student athelete
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Winners practice the drills they hate and pretend to love them
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
I would love to be a professional golfer, but realistically, I think I will go into finance.
I am 5'5, I have brown hair, blue eyes. I care a lot about academics. I am very competitive. I love to cook. My favorite thing to do on the weekend is see movies in the theatre. My favorite store is Hollister. I have a dog named Luke who is an ausiedoodle.