in her own words.....G2's Marketing Director Hope Luker

When I was a baby, my dad would call me “Senator.”

It’s really silly - babies don’t have personalities until they’re a couple months old, and I don’t think any baby is a born congressman/woman.

When I was a little girl, my dad made me learn how to throw the football.

He would take my brother to practice at the field on Saturdays and when I wanted to tag along, he included me just as he would have if I was a little brother. I never put on pads or tackled anyone, but at one point in my life I could throw a spiral, punt the ball, and kick a ball off a tee.

When I was a teenager, my dad put a golf club in my hand.

I finally had something that was my own that from the day I started playing I was told it could take me as far as I wanted, based on how much I put into it.

I would go to the range in the morning and play golf at our municipal courses as a single in the afternoon when it had cooled down during the summer - playing with whatever group of old men needed a fourth. Then at night, we would go to the driving range and I would hit under the lights barefoot (I was still a teenage girl who thought of that as my act of rebellion).

I had to learn that you don’t need to worry about what people think of your game; it’s you versus the course and you just have to learn how to get closer to beating it every day.

My dad sent me to summer camps, he worked to find the best programs he could for me as far as instruction went, and did everything he could so that when I was choosing colleges I actually had choices.

My dad told me, and showed me, throughout my life that I could do anything the boys could do. He told me to never set limits for myself because I was a girl.

I could be a senator, I could throw a football, and I could pick whatever I wanted, work hard at it, and build a future. I am lucky that thing we picked together was golf.

Because of golf, not only do I have incredible college memories I wouldn’t have if I played any other sport, but I have an amazing career that I couldn’t be more passionate about in the industry. And even if I didn’t work in the industry, I have a confidence instilled in me that whatever goals I set for myself, if I work hard I know I can achieve them.

Golf has taught me not to be discouraged when you have a “bad shot”, but to move on to the next one knowing that it could end up being the best shot of the day - and if for every bogey you make a birdie you’ll end up okay at the end of the round.

Golf has taught me that character is shown in how you react to the bad shots rather than the good, and being a leader is reflected in attitude more than anything else.

These lessons and more are instilled in me because my dad always believed in me and did everything he could to set me up for success. I will never be a senator, I have lost the ability to throw a spiral in any meaningful way, but I still have my golf clubs.