Seniors Wrapping Up Stellar Careers
April 23, 2010
The playing careers of Husky women's golf seniors Molly Aronsson and Christina Yoon are quickly coming to a close. The pair recently reflected on their time at Washington and their future plans with a pair of fellow UW Student-Athletes -- basketball players Mackenzie Argens and Kristi Kingma. The women's golf team will find out on Monday where they will head for the NCAA Regionals.
Aronsson Coming Into Her Own
By Mackenzie Argens
Molly Aronsson is a star senior on the University of Washington women's golf team that just recently took fifth at the Pac-10 tournament. A native of Vermont, Aronsson ended up in Florida for the end of her high school career before heading west to become a Husky. Aronsson's passion for golf has led her to consistently be one of Washington's best golfers over the past four years. She fell in love with the game of golf at the age of eight and has proven over the past four years that she has a swing to be reckoned with.
Growing up in a family that played golf she was exposed at a very young age to the sport. 'My parents were golfers and I always remember playing golf in the back yard growing up.'
Aronsson began competitive golf at the age of 11 and her career took off from there. She attended Rice Memorial High school in Vermont where she not only played golf but also participated in soccer and ice hockey. After about a year and a half at Rice Memorial she headed over to Florida where she did junior golf for two years before accepting an offer to come be a Husky.
Moving to the west coast was an easy decision for Aronsson coming out of high school. A self-proclaimed travel-lover Seattle just seemed to be another stop on the journey for Aronsson. 'I'm use to being away from home so the distance didn't bother me.'
Adjusting to college life seemed to be another easy task for Aronsson as her game really blossomed once she arrived at Washington and she finished the year second in scoring on the team. Following her freshman year Aronsson stepped her play up even more by being a top finisher in six events. She capped off her junior year by being the team's top finisher at the Pac-10 Championships.
Aronsson is nearing the end of her playing career at UW. The team recently got back from the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. where she began to really come into her game. 'I finally felt like during that Arizona trip I was able to take what I learned from the past three years and incorporate it into my game. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and keep hitting my shot.'
Thinking back about her four years Aronsson is beginning to realize how much she'll miss about her Husky family. 'I'm going to miss my team and coach the most. I'm going to miss a team I can lean back on and how much I've had it made playing golf here at UW.'
Not only will Washington miss Aronsson and her leadership next year but they will be losing a golfer that consistently showed her ability and effort to compete in practice and in competition.
Yoon Pursuing A Law Degree
By Kristi Kingma
Christina Yoon, a native of Toronto, Canada, is nearing the end of her fourth and final year of competition for the Husky women's golf team and will graduate with a degree in law this June. In the meantime, Yoon is looking forward to spending her summer in the Seattle area and continuing on with her passion for law.
Growing up in Ontario, Yoon did not start golfing until she was 14 years old. Yoon credits her father to getting her hooked on golf during her middle school years. 'My dad got me into it. He's a golfer and he loves it. He's the one who got me started with it.'
It didn't take long for Yoon to get noticed by college coaches and only three years later, the University of Washington was knocking on her door. Coach Mary Lou Mulflur and her staff flew out to Canada to watch Yoon compete and eventually offered her a scholarship.
Initially when deciding a major, Yoon considered studying nutrition but quickly switched to law. 'I've always been interested in law. When I was a kid I would dream about being a lawyer or a prosecutor. Law has always been an interest of mine and I think it is really important to society.'
After graduating in June, Yoon plans to stick around Seattle for the summer and try to get a job at a local law firm. In the fall she plans to head back home to Ontario to study for the LSAT in December. When her scores come back, Yoon plans to apply to many different law schools and prefers the University of Penn, Yale, and Harvard.
Completing four years as a Division I athlete is hard enough, but graduating with a law degree on top of that can seem as almost impossible. Yoon credits her coaches for their encouragement at all times for her ability to get through her four years.
'My coaches have been very supportive of whatever decisions I've made whether it is with golf or school. They have supported me 100% every day I've been here.'
Yoon also believes her coaches were vital to helping her improve her golf game through the years. 'Coach taught me how to stay mentally focused on the course. She taught me how to become and stay mentally strong.'
When Yoon graduates and heads off to practice law, she will always have fond memories of her time in the Husky program.