Motivational Stories: The Story of Golfer KJ Choi
Kyung-Ju Choi is one of the best Asian golfers who has ever played the game of golf. There are only a handful of Asian golfers who have made it to the biggest events in golf and he is one of the most successful among them. KJ Choi’s story is a very inspiring one because he learned about the sport in his later years. he was not one of those amazing kids who had a real talent even when they were young. his story is totally different from Tiger Woods’ or Jack Nicklaus’ because they have been exposed to the game at a much younger age compared to himself.
Kyung-Ju is a son of a farmer/fisherman. They lived in an island in Korea and he was a good kid. he helped his father out and his favorite hobby was lifting weights. his nickname is tank because of how he can be able to carry really heavy weights even with his tiny frame. because of his small size, he was unable to pursue lifting or do it as a profession because his physical stature limited his strength greatly. he then found out about golf when a teacher told him about the sport to help divert his love for weightlifting.
KJ started playing golf when he was 16. he lived in a small island in Korea where there was only one driving range and it was a 4 hour trip to get to the driving range from his place. because he knew that it would be a waste of time to go to the driving range when he did not have a swing to work on, he studied Jack Nicklaus’ videos and books and worked on his swing. he would go to the driving range to see how the swing worked and when he was able to develop a swing that was good enough, he spent everyday traveling back and forth to the driving range to work tirelessly on his game.
Kyung-Ju was finally able to break par at the age of 21. this is a big milestone in the game of golf because this means that you have a shot of playing with the professional golfers. For five years, KJ would wake up early and go home late to improve his game and find a way out of their humble means and to be able to provide more for the people around him.
Choi displayed a tremendous amount of perseverance. most of the professional golfers are already able to break par at the age of 15 and he did not even pick up a club yet. his story shows how much a factor hard work and determination plays because he was able to become a better golfer compared to other more talented golfers who had more time in their hands. most people would not have started playing the game knowing that other golfers are years ahead of them but this is a perfect example of the line that goes do your best and God will do the rest because he is a devout Christian. his favorite verse is from Joshua 1:9 Be strong and courageous. do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go – AMEN this verse alone has brought him this far.