PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Every golfer aspires to walk the greens at The Masters, maybe even to put on the winner’s Green Jacket.
Central Catholic freshman Elise Deschaine is guaranteed to do at least one of those. On April 1, she will compete in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta National, the course for The Masters.
“I haven’t really thought about what it’s going to be like when I’m there,” Elise told KOIN 6 News. “I’m not really thinking about pressure yet. Just to go there and do my best and have fun and enjoy the experience.”
For her, golf wasn’t love at first sight.
“My dad introduced me to the game when I was 10 and he brought me to the driving range one day,” she said. “When I first started I was, I didn’t really enjoy it because I couldn’t really hit the ball, like, this sport isn’t for me. But I just kept coming back because eventually I did start hitting the ball and it just got way more fun.”
As Elise got better, she also got more competitive with the man who introduced her to the game.
“My dad and I are pretty competitive. We always have little tournaments on the golf course and on the range of, like, closest to the pin,” she said. “But every time we’re on the course we compete against each other and he doesn’t hold back and I don’t either and we just go for it. It’s very close. Sometimes I win by a stroke, sometimes he wins by a stroke.”
Her perseverance earned her a chance to walk on some of the game’s most hallowed ground. Golf, she said, has already taught her the discipline she needs to calm any nerves.
“Golf has really showed me to be strong-minded on the course and in life,” she said.
And it’s something she’d like to pursue after her first weekend at The Masters.
“I definitely want to have golf in my future, whether it’s me playing on the tour or just, you know, designing things. Something related to golf.”