Owning My Future - Susana Benavides

When I was 6 years old, my aunt and uncle wanted all of my cousins to start a sport together. We were all signed up for golf. Once we started practicing, I started competing and winning junior tournaments. Just like many girls who pick up the sport, I was hooked.

At the age of 12, The Bolivian Federation started inviting me to tournaments across South America. My first tournament was in Colombia and I was the youngest competitor in the field. There were no age limits or restrictions - it was a women's amateur event with my fellow competitors aged 30 and older. Regardless of this, I loved the experience of competing on that stage. I, then, had the opportunity to represent Bolivia in various tournaments across South America, and even won a few events.

After several years as the #1 player in Bolivia, I knew if I wanted to seriously pursue competitive golf, I would need a serious training program. At the time, there were only 3 (three!!) golf courses in Bolivia. I loved the game and wanted to compete against the best players in the world - that's why I decided to attend a junior golf boarding academy in the United States.

Going to a junior golf boarding academy was a key move for my career as a golfer. After my studies, I spent all of my time working really hard on my game, which made me a better golfer and a more disciplined person. Being away from my family was challenging, however, it helped me prepare for my transition to college golf and learn that it takes sacrifice to achieve your dreams.

Being at an academy gave me so many opportunities that I probably wouldn't have had if I didn't attend. Playing a full, competitive tournament schedule comes to mind as one of the most important benefits. Junior golf boarding academies set up a very well organized routine and schedule for the kids attending. I started playing in many tournaments in the United States which helped me get noticed and recruited by college golf coaches.

Attending a junior golf academy was vital to earning a college golf scholarship.

They made sure that I was playing in the right tournaments - a rigorous and competitive tournament schedule is so important to gain exposure to college golf coaches. I ended up with more than 10 scholarship offers by signing day.

I have experienced what it is like to be a part of an academy and all the benefits that come from it, and that's why I am so excited to be a part of The G2 Team. I want to help parents and their daughters have that same positive and rewarding experience I had.

I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to combine all of the great things a golf academy can offer with the all-girls training environment G2 provides. A full-time training program just for the girls is long overdue, and I am thrilled to be able to be a part of helping G2 Girls develop their game and leadership skills.

One of the things I can't wait to focus on recognizing and bringing more of South America's unseen, talented girls to the States. We have so many amazing players that never get the coverage or opportunities they should, and I want to help their talent be seen and for them to have a chance to pursue their goals with the help of The G2 Academy. It's all about having the opportunity, and I look forward to helping girls learn more about G2. #LevelThePlayingField #OwnYourFuture

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