PGA Jr. League – Growing Future Leaders: AvaOn October 16, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
AVA: I’ve been playing golf
since I was 5. Golf makes you be more outgoing
and independent and confident
about yourself. SOPHIE: We actually
were stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
And my husband brought home a set of kinda beaten up
old golf clubs and she’s been hooked
ever since. As soon as we moved
to Franklin, Indiana, Ava got involved
in the PGA Junior League. I think every child
who’s in the military definitely has to have a support system.
For her, it’s definitely golf. AVA: You make a lot
of new friends playing PGA Junior League.
When I hit a bad shot, they say, ‘It’s okay, you’ll hit
a better shot next time.’ If you get a bogey, ‘Oh, you’ll birdie
the next hole. You’ll get a par.’ CRYSTAL: One of my missions
as a female PGA pro is I want to see
more young-young ladies get into the game. So, it’s been really fun
to have Ava there as kind of a team leader
for the young girls. SOPHIE: She’s really learned
how to be a leader and encourage other children. CRYSTAL: She’s got a good
attitude on the golf course. Really holds her composure
and has a lot of energy. Positive energy that I think
attracts a lot of people to her. AVA: It’s important for me
to be a leader to the younger kids. The PGA Junior League
has taught me a lot. Every shot is hard.
Nothing’s easy about golf. But when you’re trying hard,
and you’re doing really good, it can be really fun.