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Meet Maria Fassi, A Mexican Golf Champ Making History In The U.S. Circuit

“I’m tired,” Mexican golfer Maria Fassi begins her journal entry. “The weather report doesn’t look great, but I’m confident that even if I don’t get in 18 holes tomorrow, that I’ll have a good game plan.” The golf pro writes in Golf Week that despite being mentally drained, she remains optimistic.

It’s that determined ambition that has made Fassi a golf champ in Mexico and hopefully soon in the United States.

Maria Fassi is currently one of 72 female players making history by playing in the first Women’s Amateur tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.

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NBC News reports that the golf club has only started accepting women since 2012. Furthermore, Fassi is just one of two Mexican nationals also competing in the tournament, which will take place next week.

“There’s nothing I love more than representing Mexico and the Latino community, especially in golf where there’s not many Latinos out there,” Fassi told the news outlet. “No matter how we do, we’re already a part of history…Of course, we all want to win and do our best, but it’s just an exciting thing to be a part of.”

The 21-year-old began playing golf as a teen but was first introduced to soccer because her dad is the VP of the CF Pachuca soccer team in Mexico.

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Her three brothers all play soccer in Mexico, but Fassi said she just loved golf too much and decided to play that sport instead.

“But I always loved golf and ever since I started playing, it just made me feel so many things that no other sport made me feel,” the University of Arkansas student said. “There’s an aspect of golf that allows her to push herself beyond her athletic abilities.”

For Fassi, playing golf isn’t about winning, it’s about playing a sport that has given her a direction in life.

“One of the most important aspects of the game is just our mental side,” Fassi told NBC News. “I’ve been doing not so good in my life outside the golf course and I’ve seen how it impacts me on the golf course. So, it’s a nice challenge that you have to keep everything in line to be able to be successful.”

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