Faith. Passion. Hope.
These three words are all part of professional golfer Katelyn Gilmore’s professional DNA.
Gilmore played at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. where she placed in the top 10 of numerous tournaments and tied the school record for the lowest round. During her senior year, she was one of eight athletes at Huntingdon who received the 2019 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by coaches and staff.
God wasn’t done using her athleticism, as He formed the pathway to go pro in 2020.
The Alabama native started playing professional golf on the Eggland’s Best Tour in January. The tour goes throughout Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio and the Carolinas. Performing on the tour will put her in line for the Qualifying Series for the LPGA, which begins in August.
In just a short interview, one can feel the passion for Christ Gilmore has, and that special spark that will garner the support from golf fans.
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CNJ: How do you keep God first in the heat of competition?
KG: There have been many times over the past couple of months where I’ve had a moment during a round where I’ve just thought, “Wow! I’m so blessed to get to be here!” I think a lot of pressure that I could be feeling during a tournament isn’t there because I know that this is where God wants me to be.
CNJ: What fuels your faith?
KG: I think looking around me and seeing how much God has blessed me is what fuels my faith the most. God has placed so many people in my life that have blessed my life tremendously. When I look back, there’s so many things that have happened to lead me to where I am now, and it’s amazing to see God’s hand in all of it.
CNJ: What has been the biggest challenge for you in your young career?
KG: My professional career seems like it is just beginning, so I haven’t faced too many challenges so far. I think these past few months have just been getting used to being on the road for extended periods of time, being away from my swing coach and friends. It’s also been a huge adjustment in the level of competition I’m facing.
CNJ: How do you prep before an event?
KG: I usually get to the golf course an hour and a half before my tee time. This gives me enough time to warm up my chipping and putting and go through a full warm-up on the driving range. Right before I go to the first tee, I always stop and pray with my dad.
CNJ: What is the biggest challenge women face in professional golf?
KG: I think the biggest issue many professional golfers face is being lonely on the road. Many girls I’ve talked to often travel alone, which can get lonely quickly. Many players on the LPGA have discussed this issue as well.
CNJ: What is your favorite Scripture?
KG: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”