When you meet someone special, you know it. We first became aware of this remarkable young woman early this year and decided to sponsor her as she pursues her goal to compete in the LPGA. We invite you to learn a bit more about her…in her own words.
My name is Emily Gimpel and I am a 23-year-old rookie professional golfer on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour from Lafayette Hill, PA. I was fortunate enough to grow up about a driver’s distance away from a beautiful golf course, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. My Dad loves the game, and from a young age I would look forward to him coming home from work so that I could tag along with him at dusk to play a few holes. At age 4, I fell in love with the important parts of golf: building sand castles in the bunkers; looking for deer, foxes, bunny rabbits, and turtles; wearing pretty outfits- especially purple and pink; and (occasionally) driving a golf cart! It was these nights with my Dad where my passion for golf began and formed a special bond between us and the game that continues.
In middle and high school I continued to play golf, mostly locally and regionally, and competed in several other sports such as swimming, field hockey, and volleyball. I was fortunate to set several swimming records and compete at the State level. I’m glad that I had the experience of playing other sports including team sports. I think the current trend of kids focusing on only one sport all-year round at early ages, sometimes even before the age of 10, is not a good one. Many of the better golfers, for example, at early ages (i.e., ages 10-14), seemed to develop overuse injuries or maybe loss of the love of the game by the time they hit collegiate golf. That’s not to say that extensive work and practice are not needed to excel in a sport. But I think that early sport specialization can often do more harm than good.
I was fortunate to attend Mount Saint Joseph Academy for high school in Flourtown, PA. In my 4 years at “The Mount,” we had 2 PIAA State Championship Teams and 2 Runner-Up Teams! I am very blessed to have attended such a wonderful high school where I was able to grow as a student, as an athlete, as a person, and in my faith. I won the PA State Junior Girls Championship, competed in national (e.g., American Junior Golf Association) events, won an International Junior Golf Tour tournament, and eventually became “AJGA exempt”, playing in the AJGA Rolex Invitational, the major of junior golf. Of course I encountered a few “bogies”, “double-bogies”” and other setbacks along the way, but any golfer knows failures are common in the game, but can also be the keys to success. One major obstacle was a corneal (eye) ulcer I encountered as a junior in high school during the competitive summer season. I somehow managed a top 10 at the North and South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst #2 with only one contact lens in and having to use eye drops every hole.
I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology and 4 years of collegiate golf experience. I am a die-hard Terp Fan, and learned so much in College Park. Although the path for many top athletes does not include college, I really value my education and know my knowledge of fitness, nutrition, and health is a huge asset to my golf career. I also made lasting friendships on my team and with girls from other teams, including those from around the globe that I would not change for the world!
My ultimate goal is to compete on the LPGA Tour, something I have dreamed about since my Dad first introduced me to the game. Last summer after my college graduation, I got through the grueling first stage of LPGA Qualifying School, therefore gaining status on the LPGA’s Developmental Tour called the Symetra Tour. 2015 has been my first year competing on the Symetra Tour, and while I am still learning, I am loving every second! I have made such great progress in my first year as a professional golfer and I am so close to achieving my ultimate dream.
I would like to say how very grateful I am to everyone at AmeriQuest Business Services (AQ) for their generous support! I am living my dream to play professional tour golf and getting closer to playing at the highest level, on the LPGA, and support from AQ allows me to focus my efforts 100% on my training, fitness, and practice to allow me to get to that level. Now I have my sights set on the LPGA, and it is up to me to reach for it. I know I can do it, especially with the support of everyone at AmeriQuest! Thank you for reading and please check back to my next update— all about the life of a touring golfer!!!
Look for more of Emily’s blogs in the future on the AmeriQuest Business Services blog.