Demanding, a word that describes the life of Sara Padilla, a Pinnacle High School student and member of the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. She is a newcomer to the highest ranks of the JGAA and Sara has undoubtedly made her mark in the Girls Championship division. Padilla talked about entering the new division this past season, “…after being able to play with better golfers and gaining confidence, I’ve improved tremendously over the past year,” an understatement considering Padilla has 9 top-10’s and she finished top-5 in the last three.
I asked Sara about her time spent with the JGAA and she replied, “…such a great organization and has provided me with the opportunity to grow and learn more about the game of golf. I’ve also learned a lot about myself and how to deal with competition.” Sara plans to play collegiate golf and had some insightful words for junior golfers coming up behind her, “I would encourage younger players to start thinking about their college goals early on as coaches fill their rosters very early.” When she is not focused on her golf game or a demanding school schedule, Sara babysits to earn extra money and loves her family time. Her joy and friendly smile shine a bright light on every JGAA tournament and we can’t wait to see what is next for this rock star.
By Zac Strohfus, Communications Manager, Junior Golf Association of Arizona