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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1 week ago

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No golf today due to bad air quality!
Fire everywhere near town!
Stay healthy everyone!
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4 weeks ago

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Fw: Sandimas Chamber News & Resources
August 20, 2020 First Tee – Greater Pasadena (FTGP) is proud to announce that Coach Kathy Cho was named Western Section Junior Leader of the year for 2020 by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). LPGA Junior Leader of the Year Award is presented to an LPGA Professionals member who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to junior golf during the year. Kathy was 1 of 6 LPGA Professional members to receive this award. There are six (6) sections in the LPGA (Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Western). Kathy Cho has been a First Tee Coach at FTGP since its inception in 2006. In 2009, Kathy became a recognized First Tee Coach through the First Tee.

As a top instructor in the Pasadena area who can communicate in Korean, Spanish, and English, Kathy’s time is always in demand. But among the many personal accomplishments she has earned in her career, being named Junior Leader is an award she is especially proud of. This is evidently clear as Kathy has dedicated a countless amount of hours serving as a coach for the FTGP which is a youth development program that utilizes the game of golf as a vehicle to seamlessly teach character, life-skills, and core values. FTGP serves families across the greater Pasadena community which currently operates programs at 8 golf courses in our service area.

In addition to Kathy’s Class A membership to the LGPA, she is also a dual card-carrying Class A member with the Professional Golf Association (PGA). But her service goes well beyond private instruction in Pasadena. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kathy is growing the game of golf to students of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, physical capabilities, and has recently served as a golf ambassador to her native land. As a nationally recognized First Tee Coach, Kathy was approached by First Tee headquarters to connect and train coaches with one their international chapters in Korea. Her experience with the First Tee and warm spirit of sharing the game made her a perfect candidate. As a result, Kathy’s efforts helped pave the way for First Tee’s ever sister chapter partnership between First Tee chapters of FTGP and Korea.

Kathy’s enthusiasm for the game and compassion for her students is demonstrated during her First Tee group lessons. Presenting the game in exuberant manner by creating visually exciting activity setups that create an atmosphere for young learners to enjoy is just one of Kathy’s calling cards. She approaches each opportunity to teach the game with great passion. Kathy credits this by saying, “Go beyond what you’re told to do.” Kathy has certainly demonstrated such.
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Congratulations Danielle!
We miss you! You are inspire and motivate to our junior golfers!
You are rock star! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️ 🏆 🏆🏆
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2 months ago

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Played golf at Thunder Bird golf course,near Zion Canyon! It was beautiful little course and I shot 34! ... See MoreSee Less

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