Our latest Q&A series, Golf's Game Changers, will feature PGA Jr. League players across the country. These boys and girls will answer questions about why they love PGA Jr. League and what it means to them, as well as a few just-for-fun questions.
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The main reason I like [PGA Jr. League] is because it’s really fun. We work together as a team. Even if we hit it bad, we’re always joking around. It’s not super serious. I think it’s a good way for golfers to have fun.
– Sophia Macias, 11
Sophia Macias is an 11-year-old golfer from Denham Springs, La., who plays on a PGA Jr. League team at Greystone Golf & Country Club. Dad James calls his daughter “an old soul.” At just 10 years-old, she channeled her passion for golf – and for getting more girls into the sport – into her very own 501 (c)(3) charity!
No Worries Just Birdies started with a charity golf tournament that raised funds to improve playground equipment and install special needs equipment at a local elementary school. Next came a basketball tournament where funds helped purchase a much-needed air-conditioning unit in a school gym that was previously unbearable in Louisiana summers. This year, they’re hosting a free all-girls golf clinic that both father and daughter consider their crowning achievement.
The clinic, which they’re calling Tee Time, was held April 14 at Greystone and will feature instruction from former collegiate women golfers along with Sophia herself. All equipment was provided, with the goal of showing the 30 registered participants that golf is a great option for girls.
James calls Chris Burkstaller, PGA Director of Golf at Greystone Golf & Country Club, the reason why junior golf is growing in their area. “Sophia used to be the only kid out here, and now we have 10-15 on the driving range at any given time.”
Check out Sophia’s answers to our questions below!
Q: Why do you love golf?
A: I love golf because there’s always a rush of excitement whenever you hit the ball. Even though it might be bad, you still have a sense of accomplishment because you actually hit it. I really like it too because we started this non-profit and I’m able to help girls and other people with things they need. Both of those things will get me where I need to go.
Q: What do you like most about PGA Jr. League?
A: The main reason I like it is because it’s really fun. We work together as a team. Even if we hit it bad, we’re always joking around. It’s not super serious. I think it’s a good way for golfers to have fun.
Q: What’s the most meaningful thing you’ve done with the money you’ve raised?
A: I don’t think there are any words to describe how excited I am about the girls golf clinic. Girls who have never even touched a club are coming out and have decided to give golf a chance! They might turn out liking it and starting their own non-profit.
Q: Why is it important for girls to play golf?
A: They have to give out the same amount of scholarships that they do for boys. Since not many girls want to play, girls golf is the most unused scholarship. If we get more girls playing, they would be able to go to any college they want if they got good enough at golf.
Q: Who is your favorite golfer?
A: I like Tiger Woods, but I think Lexi Thompson is my favorite. She’s a great advocate for girl golfers. Whenever she swings, it’s watery. It’s like trickling from a fountain. It’s so smooth. I want my swing to be like hers!
After finding out Lexi Thompson is one of our PGA Jr. League Ambassadors, Sophia added, “I like her even better!”
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to play on the LPGA and get my Tour card. I want to visit the mountains in California. And I want to play all the golf courses. Then I want to start a golf clothing line. Then become a scientist. By then, I’d be 100. Then I’d retire.