PAULA RETO

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

ON COM­PET­ING AT THE OLYMPICS

I only started play­ing golf 10 years ago, aged 16. If you had told me back then that I would be com­pet­ing at the 2016 Olympic Games for golf, I’d have thought you were crazy! My im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion when they first an­nounced the for­mat was to find out what I needed to do to make the team – check­ing the Rolex (Women’s) Rank­ings re­li­giously for months.The ZikaVirus was a con­cern, but it was never go­ing to stop me from be­com­ing an Olympic ath­lete.

ON HOW ONE SHOT CAN CHANGE EV­ERY­THING

Dur­ing the third round of the fi­nal stage of LPGA Tour Q School (in 2013), I was bat­tling at three-over par and wasn’t feel­ing con­fi­dent. I hit a 6-iron at the par-3 15th that looked great, but the bot­tom of the AGE 26 BORN Bloem­fontein RE­SIDES Fort Laud­erdale, Florida CA­REER In her third year on the LPGA Tour. She earned a card af­ter go­ing through three stages of Qual­i­fy­ing School at the end of 2013. Grew up in Strand (Western Cape). Her fam­ily moved to Florida in 2005, where she com­pleted high school be­fore grad­u­at­ing from Pur­due Uni­ver­sity (on a golf schol­ar­ship) with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree in So­ci­ol­ogy Pre-Law.

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