I have recently interviewed one of the Niva Seniors from the class of 2016- 2017. One of her top hobbies is to play golf, and her name is Siripatsorn Patchana, better known as Tangmo. Tangmo had applied to 10 universities in November, all on the west coast, and successfully got a full scholarship to the Grand Canyon University, in Arizona, USA. She applied as a major of sports science and all of her hard work and dedication to golf for the past 8 years had finally payed off.
Tangmo practices golf for 3-4 hours each day after school and during the weekends, either in the morning or all day, depending on her schedule. She would participate in tournaments twice a month and in the United States during the summer, the summer of her sophomore year. She has told us that her father was the one who inspired her golfing career, he has been playing for about 25 years and he wanted his children to take after him and so she did. She would play golf with him and so a while later he focused on her golfing more than anything else. Tangmo has expressed how much her father/ her coach has been her number one fan throughout the years and how his ongoing support has benefited her and helped her live up to who she is now.
Before her official acceptance letter, her unofficial acceptance was through a skype call which actually took place in this very school. During the interview, she expressed how much joy and excitement she felt hearing that she got accepted! Her parents were happy with it so she made the decision to go there. Later on Tangmo talked about golf as a sport. She talked about how golf is a serious sport and it’s not just a physical challenge on the field but a mental one too, players really need to concentrate to be able to play golf well.
It’s not just practice in the range too, there are hours of part time fitness to get the body in shape. Playing in the tournament, can be stressful and even though you don’t have to face an opponent face to face, it’s the state of your mind that really matters. Even though the process of finding and getting a university might have been dreadful and draining, I think it’s safe to say that it was all worth it for her in the end. –By Kali, 11G