My name is Stian Lintvedt and I am 12 years old. I just finished sixth grade and am really look forward to seventh grade so that I can be called a junior high student. This may sound strange, but I really like school and love the game of golf. I go to High Point Academy in Pasadena and am really proud that I was able to make my school’s golf team for the past two years. I am also a Boy Scout and belong to Troop 355. Within one year, I advanced to be a second class Scout and am working on merit badges so I can become an Eagle Scout. When I’m not at school or doing Boy Scout projects, you can find me out on the driving range or the golf course. Like school and Boy Scouts, golf is a very big part of my life. I would say that the lessons I’ve learned in golf are skills that I can use in school and Boy Scouts. Golf and the SCGA Foundation have definitely had a very big impact in my life.
Ever since my grandparents introduced me to golf, I’ve been hooked on it. When I was 2 years old they got me my first set of clubs. Since then, whenever we have a chance, my grandparents and I play golf together. I especially like it when my parents, my grandparent and I can play golf together. I think it’s amazing that all of us can play together, and we have such a great time. What other sport can three generations participate in together, and at the same time, spend quality family time with each other? I think spending time with my family playing golf is something my whole family really enjoys. We have great memories of our golf outings. When we are out playing golf we teach each other, and try to improve our game and even laugh over our bad shots. Golf is a big part of my families life.
I’ve moved on from my first set of toy plastic golf clubs to irons and woods. I play in junior tournaments, and really enjoy the competition. I’ve met many new friends. My golf coaches always teach me important life skills such as sportsmanship, honesty, respect and perseverance. They teach me that these valuable skills are good for my golf game, and I know that these skills are important to my everyday life, including school. I don’t always win, but I always have to have good sportsmanship, honesty, respect and perseverence. It’s not always easy to do these four things, especially if I’m playing badly, but golf has taught me that no matter what, it’s your character and integrity that will matter in the end.
Golf gives me opportunities to meet great people like Jerry West. SCGA Foundation G.A.M.E. Days let me play at some really amazing golf courses. Youth on Course lets me, and all the other kids, keep playing golf at a really good price. I feel really lucky to be able to do all these things, and without the SCGA Foundation I probably wouldn’t have had the chance.
So now, I want to give back to golf by getting more involved with the SCGA Foundation. I played in the Golf Marathon for the past two years now, and am really proud that I was able to raise $900.00 for the foundation thus far. I want to keep doing things to help the foundation because it has done so much for me and other kids. I want to keep playing golf. I think that as my game gets better, I’m getting to be a better person because of what golf and the SCGA Foundation teaches me.