A senior at Sahuaro High School, Hong has had many successes on the golf course, including leading the team to a state championship last year and a win at the Junior Golf Association State Championship in July.
But it’s the tournaments and rounds she struggles with that stand out to her.
“My most memorable moments of the game seem to be my worst tournaments,” she said. “It’s the worst days of golf that motivates me to work harder and show up to the next tournament better and stronger. Bad days of golf will make me upset for days, but I know that they are made to be lessons for me.”
The battle against the mind on the course makes the game challenging for her.
“I like how tough the mental aspect of the game can be, and how this game can expose your true character. It’s always a challenge every time you step out onto the course, because the biggest opponent is not your competitors, but yourself.”
While she knows she’ll be playing college golf, she isn’t sure where just yet.
“I would like to play college golf, but I have not officially committed to anywhere yet. I haven’t made a decision on a college, because I want to make sure that I find a perfect fit.”
The Canyon Del Oro senior hit the shot of his life on the biggest stage of his career at the Nature Valley First Tee Open last September.
Meyers holed out from the fairway for a double-eagle on the famed 18th hole at Pebble Beach and made national news in the process, winning the tourney with the shot.
“That’s my most memorable golf moment,” he said. “The week was an incredible experience and I learned so much in my golf game and as a person.”
The game gets his competitive juices going.
“I’m a very competitive person and because of this, I enjoy golf tournaments and work really hard to always keep improving.”
“I play golf because I love it. I love the relationships that I have made with people through golf, the opportunities that I’ve had, and the successes and failures that I’ve experienced.”
He’ll be taking his skills to the next level with one of the premier programs in the country, having earned a scholarship to play at Stanford in the fall.