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Houston freshman invited to golf championship in France


Since an early age, Jayna Choi, now a freshman at Houston High School, commanded attention for her prodigious golfing ability.
Her parents, Kwang and Myung Choi immigrated from South Korea. Choi’s father works for FedEx IT and her mother is a flutist. As for golf? Jacob Choi, her older brother is a sophomore at Baylor University, where he plays on the men’s golf team.
The brother and sister pair played golf together until a time when Jayna required a professional golf coach.
“I always spent time with my brother while he was practicing, playing in tournaments, or taking golf lessons,” said Choi on how she got her start in golf.
Her coach, Dan Brown, is a golf instructor at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville. Together for many years, Choi shows overwhelming gratitude for Brown’s tutelage. “He teaches me all parts of golf—not only swing and short game, but also how to think and manage each game.”
Last week, one of her many successes was featured across several local news channels. Choi was chosen to represent Team USA for the 2015 Evian Championship Junior Cup in France.
Her parents supplied this list of golfing accomplishments:
• No. 18 in current Polo Golf Rankings (all ages in Nation)
• No. 1 in current Polo Golf Rankings (all ages in TN)
• No. 1 in current Polo Golf Rankings (within my 2019 class)
• Semifinalist, 2015’ U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
• 2015’ AJGA Junior All-Star Team (1st selected)
• Representing the Team USA for the 2015 Evian Championship Juniors Cup in France (1st selected) and contributed to the Team USA’s win the silver medal and individually finished 6th place
• Qualified, 2015’ USGA Women’s Amateur Championship.
• 1st, 2015’ Wells Fargo Junior Classic presented by Mizuno
• Invited and will play in October, 2015’ AJGA Ping Invitational
• 1st, 2015’ The Wally’s Invitational, TN
• 1st, 2014’ Bubba Conlee Tournament
• 3rd, AJGA Junior All-Star at Château Élan
When not playing golf, Choi enjoys hanging out with friends, watching the Disney Channel, listening to music, eating at Chipotle, or checking out Instagram.
Often found at church, she said, “I try must best to glorify God no matter where I am, what I do, or what I will be.”
A very regular teenager around the house and the Houston High campus, Choi added, “I love Houston High because the school not only has a great academic program with great teachers and staff, but it also greatly supports sports activities.”

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