Golfing Beauty Queen
I have just been in a whirlwind of a whole new world for me…. pageantry. For the last two months, I have been preparing for a big event that I never thought I would ever be in, and that is the Ms America Pageant! After getting back surgery two month ago, I thought that this would be a fun thing for me to do in my “spare time” -hah! and it was just that… for fun ;-) Being a part of the pageant and representing my mom’s side of the family, as Ms Hawaii America 2019 was a life changing, life lesson learning, exhausting and exhilarating experience all at the same time! Most of the women had an entire year to prepare, while I did it in two months. Most of the women had competed in pageants before for years, while this was my first. I was a part of an eclectic and diverse group of women who are doctors, veterans, business owners and performers and I was proud to add “pro golfer” to that distinguished list. I am proud that I won 2nd Runner Up (3rd place) in my very first National Pageant! Below are some of the things I learned on this incredible journey in a completely new arena for me.
1.) As with anything we do in life, my life experiences were applicable to pageantry and helped me prepare.
I knew how to prepare, I knew how to compete, my competitive drive helped me win 3rd place in something that was brand new to me! Everything we do in life is not wasted. Every life experience, good or bad, shapes us into who we are and helps us endure whatever the next chapter brings. Being a professional golfer has taught me things only experience will and I am so grateful for that.
2.) Pageantry is actually similar to golf in some ways
My biggest surprise as I was preparing for this event, was that it actually had some similarities to golf! During pageant week, you are required to attend grueling rehearsals all day long (practice rounds.) You are competing all on your own as you do in golf. You have to hone many parts of your game in order to be successful such as interview, sportswear, evening gown and onstage question. Most importantly, the number one thing is that confidence is everything, just as in golf.
3.) I may not have won but…
I learned how to walk the runway like a model in 8 inch heels. I learned how important your appearance is and that taking pride in your appearance and manners shows not only respect for yourself but respect for others. I learned what my true values are as I prepared for my interview and spoke from my heart about what message I want to share with the world. I met friends of all races and backgrounds. I learned how my message, overcoming adversity and my story can and will help others. I learned how strong I am!
4.) I have new respect for women who are in pageants!
Pageants and especially in the modern era, are NOT just a beauty contest. Modern pageants encourage community service and involvement, praise your accomplishments, empowers women to do more, and requires you to use your brain and communication skills while in your interview and on stage. There is SO much preparation that goes into the pageant, I can’t even begin to explain! it is NOT easy and takes a lot of time, dedication and work! Mad respect!
5.)) Last but not least… I learned how much I love athletics.
Although I had fun preparing and performing in this pageant, I love how in athletics, the best person wins (and Im not saying it was me!) no matter what. In sports your score and performance don’t lie and excellence is rewarded.. there is a clear winner. In pageantry, your fate lies in the judges hands and what THEY are looking for, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best performance. “The best” is subjective! So with that being said… I am ready to play some golf!
I am grateful for this experience and I am proud to add a Top 3 Placement in the Ms America Pageant to my resume! As a Golfing Pageant Queen, I am living proof that you can be ANYTHING you set your mind to!