What would you give to play Augusta National Golf Club, the iconic course where players like Nicklaus, Palmer and Woods solidified their legacies?
For 12-year-old Malia Schroeder, a participant of The First Tee, a walk down Magnolia Lane and a round of golf on this prestigious course is becoming a reality as she heads to the Drive, Chip & Putt national competition.
The First Tee interviewed Malia as she prepares for the tournament.
When did you start playing golf?
When I was 5 years old. My first tournament was a tournament at my chapter when I was 7 years old. I participated in The First Tee’s tournaments and clinics for approximately 4 years and participated in the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program.
What’s your favorite Nine Core Value and why?
I think they are all important. They can be applied everyday not just in golf, but in life.
If you can play golf with anyone, who would it be and why?
I love playing with my sister, Kiana because she makes it fun.
Who is your favorite LPGA Golfer?
Michelle Wie because she managed to go to college full time and play golf despite the challenges.
What are you looking forward to most about playing in the Drive Chip & Putt National?
I’m looking forward to playing golf with kids from all across the country and it gives me a chance to learn more about the game.
What is your favorite activity outside of golf?
I enjoy playing basketball and learning the piano.
I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve received from my teachers, coaches, friends, family and my local community. I can’t wait for the finals and to visit Augusta National. I’m excited to see the course, watch the professionals play and meet other young players from across the country.
You can watch this year’s finals live on the Golf Channel beginning at 8AM Eastern, on Sunday April 3.