How long can you stick to a goal?
How long did it take you to let your dream shine into reality?
Lu Yuwen, who is about to enter Stanford in 2021, gave the answer.
From the age of 12 to 17, she finally realized her dream.
This post-00 girl from Shanghai started to touch golf under the leadership of her father at the age of 2 and a half. So far, her life has been intertwined with golf for nearly 15 years.
After two years of formal learning, Lu Yuwen, who was 8 years old in 2011, began to "show" in the domestic arena. That year, she participated in various events and won five championships including the HSBC National Junior Golf Championship and the National Junior Golf Championship, which made everyone see her strength and talent.
But what impressed her most was the championship she won in the "7th USKG Junior Golf Championship in Guangdong Province". Not only because of the tortuous experience of defeating several strong players at the age of 8 years old, but also because that was the first golf championship she won. "It can be said that my future golf story starts with this champion." Lu Yuwen said.
After the age of 12, Lu Yuwen's playing field gradually expanded and began to participate in the USKG and AJGA series of youth competitions, and thus came into contact with American golf culture.
When Xiao Yuwen was just 12 years old, the first AJGA All-star to compete in the United States won the championship in the 12-15 year-old category in one fell swoop (AJGA requires players to be at least 12 years old). Recalling this inspiring victory, Lu Yuwen humbly said: “I am very proud of myself that I can win the championship against my sisters who are three or four years older than me! However, at the time, my ability to withstand pressure was a bit poor and I was second in the final round. The momentum was very strong to catch up with a lot of shots. If I knew that the situation was very easy to collapse at the end, there would be no such champion."
Infiltrated by the golf culture on and off the American stadium, Lu Yuwen has become more and more determined about her future development direction. "When I decided to take the course of the University of Golf Team, I sent more than 50 emails to some target schools. But I only received replies from a few universities." Lu Yuwen recalled. However, the sport that accompanied her since childhood did not teach her to give up, but instead made her more frustrated.
At the same time, Lu Yuwen also compiled a report on her academic performance and golf performance and sent it to the coach regularly. After seeing her excellent results, the coaches' impression of her is getting deeper and better.
After being "familiar" with the coach of the target college via email, Lu Yuwen cherishes every performance on the court even more. "After winning a few games in the United States, more coaches saw me and started contacting me." Lu Yuwen said.
To be precise, she won the 2018 AJGA Lake merced championship at the age of 15, and the subsequent AJGA Open ACDS Championship runner-up and in U.S. The impressive performance in the Girls series made this Chinese face with courage and determination and ambitious goals seen by more people.
确切地说，她在15岁时赢得了2018年AJGA湖梅赛德斯冠军，随后在美国AJGA Open ACDS冠军赛中获得亚军。在女子系列赛中令人印象深刻的表现使这位中国面孔充满了勇气，决心和雄心勃勃的目标由更多的人。
The road to Stanford cannot be smooth sailing, even for a girl with a gift for golf. "I was studying in Shanghai American International School in high school, and the coaches I met gave some standards. Not only my football skills, but also my academics need to be more refined. AP courses must reach all A." Lu Yuwen described as "full of pressure". that period of time.
In fact, Lu Yuwen's performance in the summer vacation in 2019 was not as eye-catching as before, lacking some of the strong confidence that came from winning key games. "At that time, it can only be described as'stable'. The coach also understood the pressure I was facing and believed that I could continue to improve in the next two years." Lu Yuwen said.
"When I was in the first year of high school, three colleges—Northwestern University, University of Southern California, and Stanford—in the United States expressed their willingness to admit. Because my sister was studying at Northwestern University, I was a little shaken for a while," Lu Yuwen said. But I want to go to Stanford most, so I have been waiting for Stanford’s official response."
In July 2020, the effort paid off, Yuwen Lu officially received the admission letter from Stanford University, fulfilling her childhood dream. At the same time, she became the third Chinese golfer to enter Stanford University after Wang Ziyi and Ye Lei, and became an alumnus of Wei Shengmei and Tiger Woods.
Soon after receiving the admission letter from Stanford, Lu Yuwen was given the opportunity to stand on the women’s China Tour, like their alumni Wang Ziyi and Ye Lei, where they exercised and polished their skills.
In the first stop of the Women's China Tour, the Chinese Professional Women's Challenge at the Hollywood Mansion in Zhuhai Guowei Central Plaza, Lu Yuwen reaped T15 with her outstanding performance and set her best results in the women's professional arena.
"The experience in the professional arena is very rare. You can learn a lot from the seniors. Whether it is the handling of difficult positions or the mentality after a mistake, it is difficult to judge the quality of the last hole from their expressions."
When faced with the question of the biggest difference between professional and amateur arena, she gave the answer: "Professional players have better etiquette. They will say cheer before kick-off. Everyone will applaud. Players who come to the tee first will It’s a great feeling to ask me if I can play first. I am very yearning for it!"
Entering Stanford, standing on the professional stage, the dream of childhood is gradually realized with the efforts of Lu Yuwen. This is not only an end point, but also a brand new starting point. There is a bigger stage waiting for her in the future.
Text: Women's Chinese Tour; Image source: Women's Chinese Tour and provided by Lu Yuwen