Teenage ace from Cebu chases dream on US soil

FUTURE STAR. Grace Pauline Quintanilla from the Alta Vista Golf & Country Club was already making waves in regional and national tournaments in the country prior to her trip to the US. / CONTRIBUTED
FUTURE STAR. Grace Pauline Quintanilla from the Alta Vista Golf & Country Club was already making waves in regional and national tournaments in the country prior to her trip to the US. / CONTRIBUTED

CEBUANO teenager Grace Pauline Quintanilla is making a remarkable stride in the US golfing scene as she chases her dream to land a college scholarship.

Quintanilla, 16, flew to the US last May after qualifying in the prestigious 74th US Girls’ Junior, which will be played at the Eisenhower Golf Club—Blue Course in Colorado Springs on July 17 to 22, 2023.

The incoming Grade 11 student from Cebu is penciled to join nine tournaments in the US, and it did not take long for her to show her potential, winning the girls’ category of the AJGA Patrick Reed Junior Championship in The Woodlands, Texas last month.

It was her first win in the premiere American Junior Golf Association circuit.

“Winning is part of the goal, but most importantly it’s to land a scholarship for college hopefully,” said Quintanilla.

For the month of July, Quintanilla will be playing in California: first, at the IMG Junior Worlds Golf Championships at the Torres Pines Golf Club in San Diego on July 9 to 13, then the US Women’s Amateur Qualifier at the La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos and finally the Ping An Ban Junior Open at the Morongo Golf Club in Beaumont.

The teenage prodigy from Alta Vista Golf & Country Club was already making waves in regional and national tournaments in the country prior to her trip to the US.

Quintanilla said that before going to the US she prepared herself both physically and mentally, and she continues to dream big and overcome obstacles on the fairway.

With her recent feat and journey in golf, one thing is certain: The teenage girl from Cebu is writing her own story on the greens.

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