RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — For 17-year-old Gwen Foddrell golf wasn’t the first sport she fell in love with.
Figure skating was her first passion but an injury when she was 12 changed her trajectory when her Dad asked if she wanted to play golf.
“I did not expect to love it as much as I do,” says Gwen.
Gwen picked up the sport from Day 1 and has competed in tournaments like local Drive, Chip and Putt events.
“We’re always wanting to be out there together,” says Gwen on the friends she has has made at tournaments.
But playing golf would soon lead her down another path while wanting to further her education. While working on her writing skills, Gwen turned her experiences on the golf course into books and is now a published author.
“Some of them are personal,” says Gwen on her books. “It has been kind of a combination between friends and myself and all of the different environments put together. It’s interesting to see how it all comes together.”
Her books have been sold all around the world as she hopes to encourage others about the game of golf.
“Every struggle you grow through completely,” says Gwen on what golf has taught her. “It has made me so much better each and every time.”
Gwen’s father Dr. Jeffrey Foddrell also sees the benefit in what golf can teach people.
“Even the best golfers are going win 5 percent of the time so 95 percent of the time you’re not going to win,” says Dr. Forrell. “It’s how you deal with not winning that will set you apart from other people.”