Kathy’s Story

It’s a very long way from Seoul, South Korea to Pasadena, California. Kathy Cho made that long journey back in 1979. Today, golf is experiencing an explosion of popularity throughout Asia and especially in Korea. But when Kathy was growing up, almost no one in her country played the game.

After she came to the United States, Kathy worked in the fashion industry. She continued her active life style in America, even enjoying English style horseback riding. Kathy heard of golf and was interested to learn about it. She found a place called the Western Golf College & Driving Range. This tiny, little indoor range, only 20 yards in length, is where Kathy first learned to swing a golf club.

From there, she went on to play little pitch and putt courses like Verdugo Hills, learning more about the game bit by bit. She got a set of blue Lynx golf clubs and a pink golf bag, which she loved. Later, as the bite of the golf bug took hold, she became a once-a-week player. Over time, Kathy got more serious about golf and joined the Women’s Club at Brookside Golf Course here in Pasadena. She began coming to Brookside at 5:30 in the morning with a shag-bag full of practice balls. With hundreds of hours of hard work, Kathy built her game up from nothing and whittled her handicap down all the way down to 4.6. Kathy had become a realplayer and played so well that she went on to become Brookside’s E.O. Nay Course Club Champion three times.

In a very short time, Kathy had come a long way in golf, but she still had more to accomplish. She decided to become a PGA teaching professional. Not everyone supported her dream. Someone even told her she would be better off opening a coffee and snack shop, but Kathy wasn’t discouraged.

To become a PGA professional requires a significant devotion to golf. Kathy became an assistant professional at Brookside and was educated in all aspects of the golf industry, including instruction. One of the final hurdles to overcome was the Playing Ability Test, sometimes called the PAT. Kathy struggled the first two times she played the PAT. When the time came to tee it up in her third PAT, she said a simple prayer, “Give me a chance.”


Today, there’s no mystery about how Kathy did in her final PAT. She is now a PGA and LPGA Class A Professional. When Kathy accomplished her goal of attaining Class A PGA and LPGA professional status, her two daughters were really proud of their mother. They always prayed for her when she took the various tests that were required by the PGA and LGPA. They encouraged her by always telling her she could do it!Kathy remembers those words of encouragement were always so helpful. In return, Kathy has tried hard to show her daughters to always work diligently and never give up on their dreams.

Since 2003 Kathy has been teaching children and adults the game she loves. She likes teaching golf to both kids and adults but especially enjoys teaching children. “Kids are always happy simply to be hitting the ball,” Kathy says. “I like to teach golf from the hole to the tee and from the short shots to the long shots.”

Playing lessons are an especially important part of Kathy’s teaching philosophy. “Playing lessons give kids a chance to explore the golf course,” Kathy says. “When I give a playing lesson I let my students play organic golf.” Organic golf is Kathy’s phrase to indicate that no comments or corrections about swing mechanics or technique are given during a playing lesson.

It’s simply golf for the joy of golf.

Kathy Cho sees herself as an ambassador for golf. She’s proud to say that her job is to make more golfers and to keep them coming back. This book is an extension of that mission. Kathy wants all her students, both those who come to work with her at Brookside and those who read this book, to know that everything she’s accomplished in golf, they can accomplish, too.

Kathy always says, “If I can do it, you can do it!”

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On June 13th, 6:00 pm The First Tee Greater Pasadena and The First Tee of Korea for the first time ever two international chapters get together! Tune in for more from this inaugural meeting. Visit The First Tee greater Pasadena face book, Instagram and YouTube channel. ... See MoreSee Less

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Zoom Meeting with Sister Chapter First Tee Korea

I am pleased to share following from our Senior Coach Kathy Cho on plans for the FIRST International Chapter to Chapter Zoom meeting in the Network's history. Kathy has taken the lead on this very exciting inaugural project. Our Chapter should be very proud.
Bob
Bob Baderian
Executive Director/Master Executive
First Tee Greater Pasadena

The 1st Zoom meeting with Sister Chapter of The First Tee Korea:
Date:
Saturday, June 13th 6:00pm - 6:45pm.
(Sunday, June 14th 10:00am -10:45am Korea Time)

This is good news during this pandemic and gives us something work together through and HOPE!
Also this first meeting will lead to continue grow together as a Sister Chapter and hopefully we do this meeting on a regular basis. Meeting face to face in near future is a great goal.

Zoom meeting Topic "Meeting & Greeting"
Introduce each other name, hobbies, weather, what other sports, etc
We will talk about the experience of life skill core values with the game of golf and what has impacted with their lives.
Open Question & Answers

Be safe everyone!
Love to meet you all soon
Coach Kathy
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1 month ago

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I had the privilege to do Annual Pasadena Saving Strokes Golf clinic on every May at Brookside Golf Club! This program was provided by the American Heart Association.
At this program, attendees will take part in activities to improve their golfing skills, including driving, chipping and putting! They will learn techniques to overcome common stroke disabilities and increase coordination and strength!
I’ve been lead coaching this golf event and the entire experience has been very rewarding in so many ways!
It was a very humbling experience and inspiration to see these people make great efforts to golf swing with limited mobility.
I miss them and hopefully I see them again soon! Hoping they are all doing good this quarantine time! Be safe and stay home is better for everyone’s health!
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Timeline PhotosOur young golf lesson participants with a few of the adult players. Fantastic event led by Kathy Cho today at Brookside Golf Course.

Photo credit: Stephanie Sparks
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