"My name is Rachel Smith and I am a freshman at Science Hill High School. I have been participating in First Tee since I was seven years old with my older sister Grace. I started my Ace level class this year and I have been helping to coach player, par, and birdie classes at Pine Oaks golf course.
At school, I have been playing violin for the orchestra since I was in 5th grade. At home I enjoy drawing, reading, watching anime, and playing with my cats. During remote learning, I learned how to sew and I have been making masks for us, healthcare workers, and school teachers.
My sister and I are on the varsity golf team at Science Hill. This year we both made it to the Regional tournament and we also made the 2020 Big 11 All-Conference players.
I have gained a great deal of confidence from First Tee, which has helped me to improve in the areas of rules, etiquette, and my mindset on the course. I believe my strength is long shots. My favorite club is the 4 hybrid. Two years ago, I made an albatross at Blackthorn Club with my driver and my 4 hybrid. I think of the Four-R's when my shots don't end up the way I want them to.
I haven’t decided if I want to play golf collegiately, but I will definitely keep playing golf and helping junior golfers." - Rachel Smith