Age: 24 Current Residence: Rocklin, Calif. Hometown: Rocklin, Calif. Home Course: Whitney Oaks Golf Club, Dark Horse Golf Club College: University of San Francisco Profession: Professional Golfer
Golf runs in the Stockton family. Her father played collegiate golf, and her mother – Becky Herbert Stockton – competed on the Japan LPGA Tour and is a longtime LPGA teaching professional. Growing up around the sport, she also was mentored by one of the game’s best – multiple Major Champion and current Golf Channel on NBC analyst Johnny Miller.
“Johnny and his father, Larry, have been family friends since I was a young girl,” explained Stockton. “Larry was my mother’s coach, and was a father-like figure to her. When I was growing up and playing in junior tournaments, Johnny and Larry would visit and watch me play. To receive advice from two of the game’s best was extremely rewarding to me growing up.”
She focused solely on golf in high school, determined to play collegiate golf and follow in the footsteps of her mother. Prior to her junior year, she decided to be home schooled so she could give her full attention to the sport she loved.
She received several offers to play collegiate golf, and settled on the University of San Francisco, close to home. After a stellar collegiate career, she turned pro in February 2011. It was then she discovered how tough being a professional golfer would be. Finances became tight. Her parents were in the middle of a divorce. Trying to earn enough money became a struggle. But her passion for the game never wavered. Neither did her faith.
“God is such an important part of my life,” said Stockton. “I knew if I kept my faith and believing that that I could make it in this sport, God would present the opportunity to me.”
That opportunity came from David Sutherland, brother of PGA TOUR professional Kevin Sutherland. David introduced her to Bill Fobes, a successful businessman who assisted her with fundraising and helped shape her career on and off the course.
“Bill is like a second-father to me, he helped me so much through that difficult time in my life, and adjusting to what life on tour can be.”
Since turning professional, Stockton has competed in six professional tournaments and advanced to the second stage of LPGA Qualifying School. Maintaining finances have been a struggle, and she has not had the opportunity to gain consistent experience and live the life out on the professional golf circuit. Through her ups and downs, she remains upbeat and knows the brighter days are ahead of her.
“I think that God has a purpose for everyone,” she said. “So, everything that I have I am grateful for. With my faith, I know that if I give it 100% and do everything I can possibly can, I pray that God will meet me the rest of the way and open doors for me. That’s my prayer.”
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