This month’s GJGL featured is former GJGL Member and golfer Kristin Oberiano.
Name: Kristin Oberiano
Occupation: History PhD Candidate Harvard University
Years in GJGL: 2000-2012 (off and on)
College: Occidental College DIII Women’s Golf Team 2012-2016
International Tournaments Played: Callaway Junior World at Torrey Pines in 2009; IGF WATC Japan 2014 and in Mexico 2016
GJGL Quick Five, Alumni Edition:
- Favorite Club in the Bag: 52º Wedge at 90 yards.
- Dream golf course to play: I still haven’t played at St. Andrews.
- Preferred tournament food or drink: Dried Mangoes and 50/50 Fierce Melon Gatorade and water.
- Name your foursome – any three real or fiction people in the world dead or alive-, and what course: The Obamas and Epeli Hau’ofa at St. Andrews.
- Favorite Memory on the golf course as a Junior: Making a hole-in-one during a team tournament at Admiral Nimitz Par 3 Golf Course, #8.
How has golf and Guam Junior Golf League shaped you?
Golf was instrumental to my development as an athlete and as a scholar. As my first sport, golf allowed me to develop my hand-eye coordination which was helpful in playing middle school and high school volleyball and basketball. It also gave me opportunities to play an individual sport, emphasizing self-motivation and self-control. GJGL also provided the foundation to build my golf skills which I utilized to play Division III golf at Occidental College. I still find myself utilizing skills I learned playing competitive golf, from time management to settling anxiety and nerves before a match or academic presentation to long-term mental endurance.