Mary (Yoon Ju) Shin, a junior on the girls’ varsity golf team, has been an outstanding player for Sage Hill. Shin has been playing golf ever since the age of 8 and found her inspiration from her parents who occasionally play golf with her grandparents.
Shin qualified for the Academy League Final this year, which was held at Bella Collina Towne on Oct. 18.
“Golf is unique and probably the only sport where the situations in practice and actual competition are very different,” Shin said. “The feeling of overcoming various adversities has always appealed to me.”
For Shin, it’s important to play with the same level of confidence from practice to major golf events such as tournaments.
“When it comes to golf events, I just play my shots and try not to stress out too much,” she said. “I think it’s important to put a bit of pressure on myself, but not so much that I feel anxious. Whenever I play, I try to have as much fun as possible out there and not get caught up in the moment.”
Shin is also part of the Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-America Team, which consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who have demonstrated the ability to excel not only on the golf course, but also in the classroom and community.
Along with being named to this team, Shin gets an exemption into the 2016 Polo Golf Junior Classic, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious events in junior golf. “To be one of the 12 young women selected to be a part of this national team is truly an honor, and I am so thankful to my parents for pushing me to do my best on the golf course and also in school,” she said. “I could not have made it without my family or the help of Sage Hill, and look forward to playing in the Polo in Florida this November!”
Shin is also grateful she gets the chance to play with her fellow Sage teammates. “Playing for Sage’s team is rewarding because I have the opportunity to turn an individual game into a collaborative one. I am grateful that I can make memories with my favorite people while doing an activity that I love,” Shin said.
Shin continues to play golf and looks forward to attending more competitions.