Melany Chong‘s dad sparked her interest in golf by bringing her to the driving range as a kid. She started to take lessons and play seriously in the seventh grade. Chong is now a junior at IJGA. Read on to learn more about her.
Name: Melany Chong
Hometown: Mississauga, Canada/Doha, Qatar
Graduation Year: 2016
Favorite food: Shwarma or Chinese
Favorite TV show: Psych
Favorite pro golfer: Adam Scott
Favorite non-golf athlete: Tom Daley
Favorite band or musician: The Script
Favorite movie: The third Hobbit movie
Q&A WITH CHONG
What is your favorite golf memory?
My first eagle from 115 yards in a tournament.
Who would you say has had the biggest impact on your golf game?
My mom and dad.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Watch TV and read.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Just go out there and have fun. It’s all just a game.
What motivates you?
To get better at golf and be the best that I can be.
What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you on the course?
I was playing back home in Qatar and before I teed off, a peacock came out of nowhere and walked right in front of me.
What aspect of your game have you seen the most improvement in this year?
My short game and striking the ball.
Favorite course to play and why?
My home course at Doha Golf Club and a course I played in Malaysia because the view was amazing.
What are your goals for your future after IJGA?
I hope to get a scholarship for college and play college golf.
If you could give one piece of advice to other junior golfers or people considering IJGA, what would it be?
You need to be dedicated at golf and enjoy working at it every day.