Introducing our new "Golf Babe of the Month" program! Each month we will select a #GBOTM to highlight with an emphasis on aspiring LPGA players. As we peel the layers back, we hope you enjoy taking an inside look to their lives and passion for the game of golf. Join us as we celebrate the beauty of the course and the "golf babes" that play it.
Please join us as we give a warm welcome to our December 2015 #GBOTM Emma Schutz! Give Emma a follow @ to support her career and watch her journey to the LPGA.
A special thanks to our December sponsors: Sick Sticks Golf and GolfMatch!
december: Emma Schutz
Our Interview With Emma:
Name: Emma Schutz
Age: 22 (23 on December 16th!)
Home Town: Chicago, IL
Current Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Day job: Student, Golfer, Myrtle Beach Caddy Girl
Years playing: Since I was about 10, and got serious when I started High School and joined the Girls’ Golf Team.
What Got You Started?
My dad! He has always been a true inspiration to the game and got me hooked on it. For 9 years, we owned a home in a town called Cambridge, WI and were members of the local private country club, Lake Ripley Country Clubs. During the summers, that’s where you could find me all day everyday.
What Is The Best Part Of Your Game Today?
Driver off the tee. My driver is my best and favorite club in the bag and I rarely doubt using it!
Biggest Area For Improvement Or Challenge Of Your Game Today?
Bunkers are always a challenge for me to get out of and most definitely the biggest area of improvement of my game.
What Is Your High School And/Or Collegiate Background?
In high school I had to make a very hard decision of which sport to play. It was between golf and softball. While I had been playing softball my entire life, I chose golf and I don’t regret it one bit. I made the varsity team as a freshman, but come sophomore year, I had to take the season off due to an injury which caused the need of knee surgery.
As soon as I recovered, I was back out practicing and playing as much as I could. Junior year I made the varsity team yet again, and was the #2 player. As senior year approached, we got the depressing news that the girls’ golf team was being dropped, due to lack of interest and players. However, I chose to play as an individual and made it through sectionals, missing qualification for state by signal digits strokes. I was bummed, but happy for how far I had made it. Once I graduated, I started school at the local community college, which unfortunately didn’t have a girls team. I still played for fun and the love of the game when I could, though. Starting the Fall of 2014, I started attending the Golf Academy of America in South Carolina. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
What Was The Best Advice You Were Ever Given?
The best advice I was ever given was “hit it long or go home”, from my dad. For Christmas 2014, he gave me 4 dozen Titleist golf balls with that saying engraved on every single ball. It’s a constant reminder to kick ass no matter what I do, on or off the course. Also, “Anger makes us stupid.” This could not be more true!
Do You Have Any Recommended Resources To Share (Books, Seminars, Coaches)?
“Every Shot Must Have A Purpose” by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott. This was one book that we had to read in one of my classes at GAA. I truly gained self confidence out of this book, and self control while I’m playing. This is a must read book for people struggling with the game!
How Often Do You Play/Practice?
I play 2-3 times a week. I strive to practice more, but average 5-10 hours a week.
What 1 Or 2 Things Do You Currently Do In Your Training That Are Keys To Your Development?
The think-box/play-box aspect of the game. Before you make every shot in this game, you need to be 100% committed, with your club, your lie, your attitude, everything. Once you step across that decision line, you’re fully committed to the shot!
What Is Your Biggest Accomplishment Thus Far?
Pending graduation this month! With numerous job offers worldwide.
What Is Your Goal 1 Year From Today?
One year from today, my goal is to continue playing competitive golf, and have a job that pays real well. While money isn’t everything, it sure can get me to some of the nicest courses that I dream of playing at!
What Would Be Your Ultimate Career Achievement?
My ultimate career achievement would be to play on Tour, after receiving my LPGA card.
How Do You Calm Your Nerves When Competing?
Overtime, I learned how to not get nervous when competing. I simply imagine that I’m playing by myself, with no one around, because that is when I play my best.
Who Is Your Favorite Athlete?
Corey Crawford, goalie of the Chicago Blackhawks, and Rory McIlroy has always been my favorite golfer, even before he was all big and famous!
Your Favorite Thing To Do/Hobby When You're Not Golfing
My favorite thing to do when I am not golfing is taking my dog to the beach. He truly enjoys chasing the seagulls, and I always get a good laugh out of it. It’s the most calming place for me, to clear my head. I also enjoy painting ceramics. Most of the utensils and decorations in my home are things that I made myself!
What Is Your Favorite Food?
Mexican and Sushi! You can never go wrong with tacos, and nothing beats fried shrimp rolled up in rice!
What Is The #1 Most Played Song Or Band On Your IPod?
Florida Georgia Line is my favorite band! I listen to country when I golf, and a majority of the songs are theirs.
Who Is Your Celebrity Crush?
Do You Have A Guilty Pleasure?
Not My Father’s Rootbeer. I’m not a big drinker, but a couple of these every once in a while always hit the spot!
You Can Go Anywhere In The World On Vacation…Where Do You Go?
Emma will be receiving a Golf Babes gift package and a custom Golf Babe of the Month Wedge from Sick Sticks Golf, made specifically for her!
Check out her custom club below: