Yukie Sasaki graduated from Bishops Gate Golf Academy in May 2017 and went on to play on the women’s golf team at the University of Houston. Yukie shares how her college experience is going so far and what she learned at BGGA to help her transition to college.
Q: How did you get started in golf?
I started playing golf when I was 12. I was bored one weekend so my dad took me to the practice range. I fell in love right away.
Q: What continues to drive your passion for golf?
I love golf because there is always something to work on to get better. I also love golf because I learn something about golf every day. I used to be on a basketball team and I didn’t really like to play as a “team”. I love it more when I get to compete individually, and that feeling of winning. It’s an awesome feeling when you win because you know all the hard work paid off.
Q: What are your goals in golf?
My goal is to become a professional golfer, and my dream is to become one of the best golfers in the world.
Q: How is college going so far?
College is hectic, but it’s fun because you’re busy all day. Being the only freshman on the team is hard, but my teammates at the University of Houston make me feel really comfortable.
Q: How did BGGA prepare you for college?
The facility, coaches and the staff prepared me for college. The facility at the University of Houston is world-class. Waking up to this wonderful course every morning is absolutely amazing. My BGGA coach Scott was a good friend of my college coach so he helped me a lot. Mr. Simpson at BGGA guided and helped me with college applications.
Q: What do you love about being a college athlete?
It’s tough but it’s also fun at the same time. I love it that we get access to the student-athlete lounge! I go there often and enjoy my time there.
Q: What has been one of the biggest challenges about the new experience as a college student?
The biggest challenge has to be getting used to the workouts. Workouts are so hard and there’s never a day that I am not sore. It’s also great because the harder the workouts are, the more we take care of our body and the more we realize how important it is to know what we are doing to our body.
Q: What would you like people to know about the experience at BGGA and how it helped you achieve your goal?
I am so thankful and happy that I decided to go to BGGA. Back home I only had access to a range where you hit off mats, and I could only play at a course about once every two weeks. BGGA not only helped out my golf game, but also me as a person. I learned a lot as a golfer and also as a human being. I’m so blessed my parents gave me the opportunity to become a student at Bishops Gate Golf Academy.