The LPGA sophomore, 20, on some gemlike advice, her obsession with baked goods and the creatures that bug her the most.
At what moment in your life did you say, “Hey, I’m good enough to be on the LPGA Tour?”
When I was growing up, being a professional golfer was my dream, and it was my goal. I guess I didn’t really know for sure where or how my game was and if I was able to compete with a lot of the girls out there. But I would definitely say Q-School in December , getting my Tour card, getting medalist at third stage showed me that I had what it took to be a professional and compete with the best women’s golfers in the world.
We know you’re good at golf, but what’s something you’re awful at?
[Laughs] I’m bad at a lot of things! I’m only good at playing golf. I would say I’m bad at drawing. And I’m not very athleticI can play golf, golf is something I can do. But if somebody told me to play soccer, I would probably…can I say eat s–––? [Laughs]
If you could see any musical artist in history, with front row tickets, who would it be?
Beyoncé. Beyoncé, period.
What word or phrase do you most overuse?
Probably, “Oh my gosh.” I guess coming from Southern California, that’s like a SoCal thing, saying “OMG!” all the time. I don’t say “OMG” all the time but I say “Oh my gosh” a lot.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Pressure makes diamonds.” I was playing in a pro-am at the beginning of the year, and when [a playing partner] said that — he was a huge jokester, but when he said that, it really stuck with me. It just showed me that being out there and playing golf, obviously you’re under pressure a lot and you’re under the spotlight a lot, and if you perform well under pressure in important moments like that, you’ll come out victorious, like a diamond. Pressure is a good thing, especially in golf. You need to embrace it and have fun with it.
If you weren’t a golfer, what would you like to do and why?
Anything? I guess maybe an assistant who goes and shops all the time for someone. Or, a cupcake–bakery owner. Yeah!
What’s your biggest fear?
Insects. I hate insects. Insects that crawl, insects that fly. I’m terrified. If there’s one in the room, I’m like, Peace! I’m going outside, you kill that and I’ll come back!
I feel you — spiders, no thank you. It’s your last meal on earth. What are you eating?
Mmm. A cupcake…if that counts as a meal? It’s bad. I have an obsession with cupcakes.