Pebble Beach Golf Links – It’s a place like no other and somewhere I’ve always dreamed of stepping foot on. The 78th U.S. Women’s Open gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and countless memories that I am so thankful for. From seeing my golf idol Michelle Wie West make her final swings as a professional, to coaching junior golfers by the 18th tee – it was the most magical experience.

I received a call from the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf team a month ago asking if I could coach at the Junior Golf Experience area during the Women’s Open and immediately said yes. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to mentor juniors at such a historic venue. Throughout the tournament, we saw over 1,500 juniors, including hundreds of SCGA Junior participants. The kids started the day with a scavenger hunt around the course to encourage exploration and exercise. After they hit their eight designated stops, they returned to our golfing area for a relay race, 3-hole putting course setup and chipping practice with rubber duckies. The sheer joy and laughter of the kids were incredibly contagious and made it my favorite part of the entire event. It was so exciting to see golf presented in a fun and engaging way.

Once the juniors were ready to head back inside, they were welcomed with Girls Golf-themed prizes, coloring and community building. It became the heart of junior golf with music, laughs and festivities.

Being at both the Women’s and Men’s U.S. Open championships this year was an amazing opportunity that led to personal growth and joyful memories. While The Los Angeles Country Club is such a historic landmark, nothing compares to being at Pebble Beach.