Our latest player Q&A is Macie Rasmussen, from the United States. Macie, who is 11 years old, is a student at the Michelle Holmes School of Golf in Virginia.
Macie is making a big impact on the junior golf scene in the United States having won the US Kids Golf Williamsburg Classic in 2020. Having enjoyed success so early, we were keen to learn about Macie to how Macie’s journey began, as well as more about her golfing aspirations.
Tell us about yourself!
I’m in 6th grade at school apart from golf, I enjoy playing badminton, tennis and collecting squishmallows.
What’s your first golfing memory?
My first golfing memory was when I was 5 years old. I was wearing a Frozen outfit from the movie Frozen and I hit a tennis ball with a plastic club with a really big club head. Coach Michelle and Coach Laura gave me high-fives!
What’s the best thing about golf?
I think the best thing about golf is that you get to play with friends and family. You also get to play at different places so you’re not stuck at the same place forever. I’ve made many golf buddies along my golf journey.
What is the best part of your game?
The best part of my game is my putting, because I don’t hit the ball as far as some 11-year-olds. I’m long enough, but I have to rely a lot on my short game to do well in big tournaments.
What areas are you working hard to develop?
I am working hard to get longer and after a lot of hard work, I really am catching up! I also work really hard on up and downs, because I need to make a lot of those in bigger tournaments.
Recently, you won the US Kids Golf Williamsburg Classic. Congratulations! How was this experience and how did it feel to win such a big tournament?
The experience was definitely a feeling of excitement that I’d never felt before. It took a little while to come to reality with what had just happened and I know when I’m much older, I will really appreciate this memory.
How do you feel on the first tee in a big competition?
On the first tee in a big competition, I’m normally really nervous especially on the last day and I’m near or in the lead. I’m not quite as nervous when I know I can’t win.
How do you get your game ready to compete? Practice drills, preparation etc.
I normally putt about ten 2 footers in a row, and six 4 footers in a row before playing. When I’m out for fun, I normally do a drill like the ladder drill. I have to make five 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 footers in a row.
What are your golfing ambitions?
My golfing ambition is to play on the LPGA tour. In order to do that, I don’t need to win a lot of big tournaments, I just need to keep practicing with a purpose.
Who is your golfing inspiration/favourite player?
My favorite LPGA tour player is Brooke Henderson, because she smiled at me and signed a golf ball for me. My favourite PGA tour player is probably either Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy.
If you could play any course in the world, where would it be?
Augusta National! My dream is to go there for Drive, Chip and Putt, but I also really really really want to play the course someday too.
Who would be your dream Four-ball?
My dream four-ball would be Brooke Henderson, Rory McIlroy, and Dustin Johnson, because they’re my top 3 favorite golf professionals.
Fantastic, thanks so much Macie. It’s great for us to connect with golfers from across the world. Congratulations on your recent win and we look forward to seeing your game develop!