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Fiamma Felitch

Fiamma Felitch
Age: 24
Current Residence: Oklahoma City, Okla.
Hometown: Tulsa Okla.
Home Golf Courses: The Greens Country Club, Oklahoma City; Lake Hefner Golf Course, Oklahoma City; Gaillardia Country Club, Oklahoma City
College: University of Tulsa; Southern Nazarene University
Profession: Professional Golfer

Career Stats
- 2006 and 2007 Oklahoma High School Regional Champion
- 2007 Oklahoma High School State Champion
- 2007 Oklahoma High School Player of the Year
- Four top-10 finishes while playing collegiately at the University of Tulsa
- Turned professional in 2011
- Currently competing on the Cactus Tour and Symetra Tour

Fiamma De Felitch.  Translation in Italian:  “Flame of Happiness.”

A smiling and bubbly personality on and off the golf course, Fiamma always has tried to live up to her name in every endeavor she undertakes.

“I was born with it, literally,” joked Fiamma.  “I always have been a happy person, and that runs in my family.”

The youngest of nine, Fiamma was introduced to the game of golf at the age of four by her father.  Growing up golf was “our thing,” as Fiamma puts it.  She and her father would try to go play golf at least once a week.

“My dad, at 83 years old, is the busiest person I know,” said Fiamma.  “But what I loved is that we made time for each other, whether it was on the golf course or on the dance floor (her father owns three Ballroom Dance companies).  He made time for all of his kids, and always has a smile on his face.  That is infectious.”

It was her sophomore year of high school when Fiamma decided to focus on golf as her sport of choice.  She was recruited by several schools, and settled on the University of Tulsa.

College proved tough for Fiamma both on and off the golf course.  Her golf game and, for a time, a relationship with her parents, became strained.

“I thought I could handle everything on my own,” said Fiamma.  “Everyone who knows me knows I always have a smile on my face.  I didn’t want to let anyone know that anything was wrong.”

Fiamma transferred from Tulsa and ended up quitting golf.

“I was at a time in my life when I felt like golf wasn’t at the top of my priorities,” said Fiamma.  It was a difficult decision to make, but at that the time I felt it was the right one.”

When she ended her relationship with her college boyfriend, Fiamma had a sense of emptiness.  She felt lost.  She turned to the one person her life that she trusted the most – her father.

“My dad really helped me get through the difficult times,” said Fiamma.  “My relationship with both of my parents grew stronger, and they renewed my passion for golf.  My mom and dad are my two biggest supporters in me chasing after my dreams.  They allowed me to press the reset button and gave me the encouragement and support that I needed.”

Slowly, Fiamma returned to the game she loved.  With her past now in the rear view mirror, she had a fresh outlook on the sport.  Her father also could see the excitement returning to his daughter’s face.

Fast forward to 2013.  Fiamma is competing on the Cactus Tour and the Symetra Tour, and has a renewed sense of vigor in reaching her goal of making it to the LPGA Tour.  Her father – who instilled his tireless work ethic into his daughter, caddies for Fiamma at select events.  While they don’t play as much golf as they used to, they talk about her game every day.

“My parents have meant so much to me.  I would love nothing more than to give them the gift of walking with me on the LPGA Tour.”

Big Break Florida could be her opportunity to ignite a new “Flame of Happiness”.  Once that is lit, she knows it will never extinguish.