Clementina Rodriguez, Caracas, Venezuela, actually started playing tennis alongside her older sister before realizing she wanted a sport all her own. At six years old, she tried golf for the first time and soon discovered it’s the sport she wanted to pursue. The senior is now committed to play Division I college golf at the University of Washington in the fall, read on to learn more about Clementina.
Name: Clementina Rodriguez
Graduation Year: 2015
Favorite food: Ice Cream
Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite pro golfer: Adam Scott
Favorite non-golf athlete: Roger Federer
Favorite band: Alesso
Favorite movie: Rush
Q&A WITH RODRIGUEZ
What is your favorite golf memory?
My favorite golf memories would have to be the four hole-in-ones I have had. All of them came in tournament rounds which was awesome.
Who would you say has had the most impact on your golf game?
My first golf instructor and caddie back home in Venezuela both had a huge impact on my game. He was the one who really taught me the values of the game of golf. Because of him I started seeing golf as a way of life and not just a sport to play. I really thank him for being by my side in the food and bad times and always telling me that, with a smile, I could go very far.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I Enjoy going to the gym, hanging out with my friends, or even just hanging out at home watching a movie or shopping online.
How would your coach describe you?
Tim, (my coach) would say I am determined, thoughtful, considerate of others. He also would definitely say I have incredible fashion sense.
What’s the best piece of advice you’re ever been given?
I believe the best advice that I have gotten is to enjoy the game. Sure, it sounds easy, but once I truly learned to enjoy the game and realized just how blessed I am to be here doing what I love every day it gave me a totally different perspective not only in golf but in life, too.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is just the fact that I’m coming out to practice every single day and know I can learn something new that will help me reach my goals.
What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you on the golf course?
One time, I was playing a local tournament in Venezuela. I was using my favorite orange golf ball and all of a sudden, a squirrel took it! I was so sad but it was also funny at the same time.
What aspect of your game has improved the most this season?
Maturity by far! It is a thing that always needs improvement and also the hardest thing to work on. I am really proud of how mature I have become since joining the IJGA and I am excited to keep improving in that part of my game and life.
What’s your favorite course you’ve played and why?
My favorite course is Harbour Town by far! It is so challenging and intimidating. That just pumps me up in some kind of way. I am always looking forward to playing in tournaments there because if you can play Harbour Town well you can play almost any course in the world.
What are your goals for the future after IJGA?
When I play golf at the University of Washington, my goal is to be top 10 in the Division I rankings both individually and as a team.
If you coul give advice to other junior golfers or people considering IJGA, what would it be?
My advice to any junior golfer is to take advantage of every single opportunity that life gives you. If you get the chance to attend the IJGA it will completely change your life in every single way if you take advantage of what they will offer you here. I am just so happy I made the right choice to come here because the opportunities and the memories are just so amazing, it’s surreal.