Golf enthusiast may only be 16 years old, but Gracie is already making a big name for herself. She has not only already made golf history already at a very young age, but in addition to that, she has also been raising awareness about type 1 diabetes, since she was diagnosed with it herself 2 years ago. She is for sure an exceptional young lady and we are really excited to have the opportunity to share some of her story with you.
1. You are very young! When was your first day playing golf and how did you like it?
The first time I played golf was when I went to the driving range with my dad in the summer when I was 10 years old. I used to do horse riding but had a few bad experiences and decided to golf with my dad instead. He let me use his pitching wedge for my first try when I hit it straight down the middle and I have been hooked ever since. After that he bought me an 8 iron so I could practice.
2. Would you say golf is your ultimate passion? What else are you passionate about?
Golf is most definitely my ultimate passion. However, I’m also quite passionate about cross stitching, which is a strange hobby, but I really enjoy doing it as it’s another way to relax when I’m not playing golf.
3. Do you see yourself in the future as a professional golfer, or are there other paths you would like to pursue?
I would love to pursue a career of some kind in it. I also work hard at school to ensure I get the best grades possible. My goals are more short-term in the sense that my main objective is to go to play college golf in America, which I’m already on the way to achieving now that I’ve signed up with Pro Dream USA. After that, I know I’d like a career in golf, whether it be professionally or elsewhere such as in coaching.
4. What is the best thing about being a golfer?
The best thing about being a golfer is that it teaches you to be positive and focus on having a good mindset. I also love getting to meet new friends through golf - I’ve met so many other golfers through tournaments and also through social media.
5. How do you motivate yourself before a competition?
Before a big competition I tend to motivate myself by doing a lot of practice leading up to it to ensure I’m ready and then do lots of chipping and putting. I also listen to a lot of music to motivate myself as I feel it helps me to focus better.
6. At Caddyboo, we always try to raise awareness for all types of causes. How have you raised awareness for a cause that you so strongly believe in?
I’ve played in lots many golf days arranged by others such as Club Captain’s Day for a range of charities. I also organised and hosted my own charity golf day in 2019 for a local diabetes charity where I raised over £6000 for them and the junior section at my club. Several of my nurses were able to inform people of the key aspects and what their team does to help children with type 1. I also post regularly on my social media to encourage awareness and to educate people as it’s something that is largely ignored. It's important to give back, especially to causes which have either helped you through something or are very close to home as it’s important to raise awareness of different aspects of life which people may otherwise be unaware of.
7. How do you balance school, golf, and your social life?
I am quite lucky in the sense that I have a few study periods at school when I’m able to focus on homework and revision so I can leave myself plenty of time to practice in the evenings. I just must prioritize certain things - if I have an exam coming up, I might do less practice in the evenings and more revision.
8. You are very vocal on your Instagram about raising awareness for type 1 diabetes. How does it affect your life and how do you manage it?
Type 1 diabetes affects my life every second of the day. I must consider where my blood sugar levels are at and ensure I balance it out which is extremely difficult sometimes. It affects me and so many others both mentally as well as physically. I just must check my levels regularly to make sure I am not too high or low.
9. Do you personally identify with the values of Caddyboo (Growth, Creativity, and Sustainability) and how do you implement them in your day-to-day life?
I would say that I identify with all of Caddyboo’s values, but particularly with the value of growth as I like to try and improve and grow as a person on a daily basis.
10. Who is your role model and why him/her?
I have a lot of role models in golf. My main role model is Charley Hull as I knew her when I first started and have always looked up to her since she grew up playing at Kettering where I play. I would also say Azahara Muñoz is a great role model as I love her mentality on the golf course - I loved watching her and Charley play together as a pair at the Solheim Cup in 2019. More recently, I look up to Hannah McCook as she is also type 1 diabetic and so I feel like I can relate to her journey.
11. What is the best advice you have ever gotten and would like to pass on?
My favourite advice that I’ve been given is to “be friends with the course” even if I’m having a bad round of golf. This really helps me to remain positive when I play.
Gracie is undoubtedly the embodiment of everything Caddyboo stands for, and we are proud to have her not only as an ambassador, but as a role model. Who is someone who inspires you? Leave in the comments below ⬇️