*Note: Catherin Qiu will be competing in the Girls 10-11 Division at the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Sunday, April 2. Her home course is 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Va.
MAPGA: What do you love most about golf?
CQ: I love that in golf you have to show your own skill. Also, it is an outdoor sport and I love nature so that works out with me.
MAPGA: Most memorable golf shot?
CQ: My second shot on a par 5 hole at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in 2016, I had a 160 yard shot that I hit with my 3 wood, the ball landed about 2 feet to the hole, and then I putted it in for eagle.
MAPGA: Do you take lessons from any PGA Pros or instructors? If so, who?
CQ: There are several PGA professionals help me to improve my golf skills. Here are a few of them. Coach Rick Burk, who is my ever first coach. Coach Mark Guttenberg, who helped me to get into competitive golf. I want particularly thank Coach Mark for his TPC program at Bull Run Golf Club. I learned so much about competitive golf at his program. Coach Joe Lussier at 1757 Golf Club who helps me to refine my swing. He is my current coach.
MAPGA: How would you describe yourself?
CQ: Funny, hard working, athletic, but sometimes stubborn.
MAPGA: What’s something that would surprise people about you?
CQ: I actually started school one year earlier and I am in the gifted program.
MAPGA: Dream foursome without professional golfers?
CQ: Me, Demi Lovato, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway.
MAPGA: What superpower would you want and why?
CQ: I would like the ability to fly because then I could carry my bag and fly at the same time so I don’t have to walk.(It is very silly but it would be cool if I could.)
MAPGA: Rapid Q’s: Favorite person to play golf with? Club in your bag? Emoji? Song?
CQ: My favorite person to play golf with are my friends. My favorite club in my bag is my sand wedge because I hit it the best. My favorite emoji is the most basic smiley. My favorite song is “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato.
MAPGA: What annoys you more than anything?
CQ: The most annoying thing is most likely when people talk while I am about to swing since I get distracted very easily.
MAPGA: What will always make you happy?
CQ: The thing that makes me happy is singing and baking because I think that it is very enjoyable.
MAPGA: Other than golf, what are some of your hobbies?
CQ: Singing, baking, tennis, and dancing.
MAPGA: Greatest accomplishment?
CQ: My greatest accomplishment is qualifying for the Drive, Chip, Putt Finals.
MAPGA: What do you want to accomplish in the future?
CQ: I would like to get better at golf and attend a good university and become an LPGA player.
MAPGA: How often have you been practicing for DCP?
CQ: I practice golf any day that the weather is good.
MAPGA: Do you want to thank anyone for helping you reach Augusta?
CQ: I would like to thank my dad for practicing with me whenever I practice. I would also like to thank my mom who is very supportive. Last but not least, I also would like to thank my coaches for helping me improve my golf skills.