Jessica Mangrobang, Golf Queen.

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Jessica Mangrobang, Golf Queen.

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“A.G.E: Alignment, Grip, Eye on the ball” is the most valuable advice High School senior, Jessica Mangrobang has received so far in her golfing career from one of her biggest supporters, her mom. She not only plays for the school team, but also plays outside of school. Mangrobang started playing at approximately the young age of seven, being inspired to start playing by her golf playing parents. Her inspiration is pro golfer, Phil Mickelson.

Mangrobang participates in approximately 30 to 45 golf tournaments a year. With her biggest accomplishment reaching the USGA U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship this summer.

jbThe Mater Dei athletic director, Mr. Caesar, believes she is a great golfer and one of the best around and also how she is as a student carries onto how focused she is on the golf course. “Jessica has to be in the focused mentality because she sometimes has to play against people that are older than her… and she still beats them! I mean she tied Mr. Milke!”  When he thinks about the impact she makes on her team, he thinks of her talent, her experience, and her knowledge of this game and being able to give advice to people on her team. However, when Mr. Caesar thinks back and remembers having her as a freshmen in his speech class he thinks of how much she has changed over her years at Mater Dei, “She has matured a lot. I remember her being quiet and to watch her grow into a self-driven exceled golfer, I got to witness her change in high school”.

When asked of plans after high school, she plans to continue playing golf. “I plan on playing golf in college and majoring in mechanical engineering”. The future is bright for the excited Mangrobang as she has recently committed to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

But Jessica Mangrobang is pretty much your normal teenager. In her rare free time she enjoys surfing the web, watching videos on YouTube, and spending time with her boyfriend, sophomore Eddie Navarro (also a student at Mater Dei). Navarro describes his girlfriend as “Super talented and dedicated”. However, as an athlete Mangrobang has her challenges while playing, “My biggest challenge while playing is to not get burned out or frustrated”. This includes having to make sacrifices for her to play the sport she loves, “The biggest sacrifice I have had to make is giving up my social life and giving up hours of sleep”.

However, that doesn’t stop her motivation or her plans of turning into a professional golfer one day.

 

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