Who Plays the FCWT? FCWT junior golfers come from across the United States as well as several other countries. Their backgrounds are varied, but they all enjoy junior golf tournaments. Get to know 9 of these junior golfers who played the FCWT during the 2016-2017 season.
FCWT Junior Golfers from the Midwest
FCWT Junior Golfers from the Northeast
FCWT Junior Golfers from the Northeast like Emily Nash face other challenges, like weather. Emily is a rising junior (2019) at Lunenburg High School in MA. She began playing golf around the age of 10, but didn’t start playing competitively until age 11. Emily played in her first FCWT tournament last fall (2016) at Newport National CC in Rhode Island. Emily also played the spring FCWT New England tournament at Red Tail in Devens, MA. There she won her first FCWT tournament. Miss Nash said “The FCWT staff did an amazing job hosting the tournament and making all the junior golfers feel special.”
Like Connor, Emily’s favorite club is her putter, because “whenever she scores low, it’s usually because she is putting great!” Outside of golf Emily enjoys working out, playing basketball with her brother and watching movies. Mr. Nash, Emily’s dad, also plays golf. He is the one that introduced Emily to the sport.
Emily would like to play collegiate golf. She said “I have been communicating with colleges since my freshman year. I looked at schools in the Northeast and I plan on looking at more schools down south this summer. I love the North Carolina area and could see myself going to college there.” A fun fact about Emily is that after a junior golf tournament she and her dad get coffee milkshakes. Coffee is Emily’s favorite flavor of ice cream, especially with rainbow sprinkles. She also said “I would like to thank my parents and my brother for always supporting me and my golf game. Golf requires a huge amount of time and money. Without these sacrifices by my family, I would not be in the position to follow my dreams with golf like I am in today.”
FCWT Junior Golfers from the West
FCWT Junior Golfers from the West can be underclassmen like Justin Hopkins. Justin will be starting at De La Salle High School in Concord, CA, in the fall. Hopkins has played golf for about 11 years and has played FCWT Tournaments for 2 years. His favorite FCWT venue was Half Moon Bay because “I played well and also because the course was in great condition. It was overall a very fun tournament and it was my first FCWT win.”
In The Bag
His favorite club is his putter because “it’s the club that wins tournaments.” Outside of golf, Justin enjoys hanging out with friends, and in the winter he likes to ski and snowboard. Golf is a family affair for the Hopkins, his brother Brandon also plays tournament golf. Justin said “my dad likes to play whenever he can, and my mom likes to watch my brother and me play.” Hopkins would definitely like to play college golf.
Who He Follows
Hopkins’ favorite golfers are Justin Thomas, Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, and Smylie Kaufman. Justin added “I would like to give a huge thanks to my parents for taking me to all the tournaments, organizing everything, and for always supporting me. I would also really like to thank my coaches, Steve Watanabe and Kevin Lozares. They have helped me improve for many years. Lastly, I would like to thank FCWT for all the great tournaments they put on. Thanks for such a great season!”
FCWT Junior Golfers from the West can also be upperclassmen like Jordan Davis. Jordan goes to Alhambra High School in Martinez CA. She has been playing golf for 4 years. This was her first season playing the FCWT. Jordan said “All of the courses that I have played through FCWT are very nice!” Jordan’s favorite club is her 6 iron. “I really like this club because it is accurate and I can use it in most situations.”
Outside of golf, she enjoys hiking with her dog, playing ping-pong with her brother and dad and spending time with her friends and family. Jordan is almost alone in her golf pursuits in her family, “My uncle is the only other person in my family that plays golf.”
When asked about college, Jordan said “I have thought a lot about college recently because I am approaching my senior year. I do not have any exact plans yet but hopefully my mind will become clearer as the summer comes to an end.”
While Emily’s favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee Jordan prefers mint chocolate chip from Baskin Robins. Miss Davis “would like to thank my parents for everything they have done for me. They are my number one supporters and I am very thankful for them.”
FCWT Junior Golfers from other countries
Thin Wai Khaing, who is from Myanmar, is one of many FCWT junior golfers from other countries who play the FCWT. Miss Wai Khaing attends Monteverde Academy (FL) for high school. She has been playing golf for 7 years, but this was her first year playing FCWT tournaments. Miss Khaing said “My favorite club is my driver because I can play it consistently.”
In addition to golf she likes to play the piano and swim. Her dad and my brothers also play golf. Thin would like to thank FCWT and all the sponsors. She added “I would like to thank my parents and my golf coach and my golf academy. I would also like to thank all my friends especially my housemates.”
FCWT Junior Golfers from the Southeast