This Tee here is not the ‘tea’ many woman would expect, but in our opinion it is much better. Kontrol Magazine had the pleasure to interview Maggie Noel, CEO and Founder of Maggie’s School of Golf. We discussed her first time playing when she was just six years old to her greatest accomplishments throughout her journey. Keep reading for the exclusive ‘TEE’ !
This interview was writtened and recieved by Tonnisha Deonn
How long have you been playing? What made you decide this particular sport?
I have been playing golf since I was at the tender age of 6 years old. I didn’t really decide. My dad decided for me. He learned of all the college scholarships lost to female golfers and decided he didn’t want to pay for college tuition. So golf it was! He signed me up for every junior program or tournament known to the City of Houston. And luckily I had a raw talent and was dominating at such a young age that allowed me to make a name for myself early on.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
Having a story to inspire others. Although my golf career did not go the exact way I planned, having a story about my performance anxiety and how it took over my game, but not allowing it to destroy me as a human seems to really reach out to a lot of people. I did not allow what a lot of people would consider to be a failure in a career to define me. I defined IT. I chose to be on the other side of the golf swing and teach everything I have learned over the last 21 years. Not just fundamentals but the part that took over my game, the mental game.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
I would have to say my dad. Of course as a young girl, you dread the long and hot days of practice when you would rather be playing indoors or something else other than golfing. But he sacrificed so much and dedicated so much time and effort to make sure I was not only good, but great at this sport. Now that I am an adult, I can appreciate everything because now I see things a lot differently and love him so much for that.
What is something that is unique about your sport?
For one, it’s not as easy as people think! It’s actually one of the most difficult sports known to mankind. There are so many factors that go into playing this game successfully. One thing I have learned is that you can definitely learn a lot about a person by just taking them on the golf course, too. You learn their patience, demeanor, etiquette, integrity, and confidence, just to name a few. Also, one of the most beautiful things about this sport is the beauty in nature that you come to realize as you travel around the world and play different courses.
What is most important to you in your life outside of your sport?
Creating a legacy for my family and being the driving force behind more African American women being on the golf course.
Which Kontrol cover girl or guy would you pick to wear your Maggie School of Golf shirts?
Oh wow! Definitely Lala and Pooch Hall.
What has been the highlight of your athletic career thus far?
Inspiring others. More importantly, young African American girls. Inspiring them to play this game despite the odds. And being confident that they CAN play and be great at it!
The entire Kontrol Staff thanks you Maggie for taking the time to share your journey as entrepenuer while maintaining to keep living through your passion!
Written By Tonnisha Deonn