In honor of Junior Golf Week, we gathered stories from our team about how they were introduced to the game. This installment is from Teaching Professional Brian Hwang.
The first time I held a golf club was sixth grade, but I didn’t get hooked until seventh, after a friend’s birthday party at a driving range and mini-golf course.
My home course was the Hamlet Wind Watch in my hometown of Hauppauge, on Long Island. I practiced seven days a week, even if there was snow or rain. I would putt inside and do drills to improve my game.
My mentor was Steve Donnelly, the head pro at Pine Hollow Country Club. I won more than 15 tournaments as a junior player, and one of the biggest was the Suffolk Individual Championship in May of 2007, when I was a junior in high school. You can read all about it in the Newsday article below.
My dedication to golf has paid off. I earned a scholarship to UConn and played there from 2009-12. Another highlight for me was competing in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay. Now I make my living doing something I love, teaching players of all levels, from kids to pros.