Summer Camper Perspective: Ana Sofia Meneses
- Origin: Bogotá, Colombia
- Age: 12 years old
- GGGA 2013 Winter Camper
- GGGA 2014 Summer Camper
Tell me about your history as a golf player?
I started playing golf when I was 4 years old. I literally said my first words at a golf course. I was watching my father play, and I just blurted out “papa”, which is spanish for father. Immediately afterwards my father signed me up at a local golf club, which was very important to my father, since he was looking to develop my sense of discipline and determination.
Tell me a little about your father’s history as a golfer?
Well my father started playing golf a little later in life, probably when he was a lot older than me, but I’m not really sure when he started playing golf exactly. I remember he told me that a friend told him about golf, and that is how he got started playing golf. From there, he just kept playing.
Tell me a little about your experience here at GGGA?
This academy is seriously the best thing that could have happened to me in the terms of improving my golf game. I feel like it has helped me improve more than I ever thought I could improve. My swing has developed dramatically, and after I left winter camp, I have had a lot of improvement in my tournament scores. Plus it really helped me cement a proper foundation for my golf game.
What part have you seen the most improvement?
My tournament results.
What is your most memorable exercise here are GGGA?
A mental exercise where I look at my golf game, and I ultimately accept my flaws and continue to play without getting discouraged. The exercise I think is called “I can control, I can’t control, and I may control”.
What are some of your goals with a game you have been playing for over ? of your life?
Basically, I just want to keep improving. I haven’t started thinking about playing golf at a collegiate level, but I am confident that things will work as long as I just keep working hard. I would be happy if an opportunity is presented to me that would incorporate golf, but just to be safe I want to really focus on my academics. I mean, I am really dedicated to the golf, but my primary focus in on my academics.
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Why did you decide to embrace golf for personal development?
When I started playing golf, my father just wanted me to have something to focus on, and that would help me keep discipline. Though now that I am older, I look at other girls in my school, who have nothing to do on the weekends and are mainly bored, and I go out to the range and enjoy this beautiful sport, which keeps me very entertained.
What do you like most about playing golf?
I don’t know, I like everything…Well probably what I like the most is the fresh air. The course has so many trees and greens that I feel I have a chance to really breathe pure air.