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Redefining Spaces and Trailblazing Paths: A Round with Golf with Maria Ramos ‘23


Senior Maria Ramos’ calendar was chock-full this summer. A junior professional golfer, Maria not only played five-to-six days a week, but also attended local and West Coast golf leadership events, and taught aspiring young athletes through The First Tee, a partner organization with the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and the  Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The First Tee–and GFS–have played pivotal roles in Maria’s development. 

“GFS and golf have offered me new opportunities and experiences that have positively transformed my life,” says Maria. “I’m really grateful that, at GFS, each student is able to pursue what interests them. [Director of Athletics] Katie Bergstrom Mark has been a quintessential role model and advocate for me. I have worked with her on efforts like Action Through Athletes and she has provided me with exquisite recommendations."

"The First Tee has also been so impactful. It is an organization that works on diversifying the game and bringing golf to students who wouldn’t have the opportunity otherwise. I’ve made many connections through The First Tee and it’s opened many doors for me.” 

One such opportunity was an invitation to the National Innovator's Forum in San Jose, California, last fall. Twenty-seven young female golfers from coast-to-coast learned from industry leaders and developed meaningful service projects, raising awareness on issues concerning education, health, equality, and sustainability. Participants were charged with implementing what they learned in their own communities. 

“I’m interested in a career in computer science and built on this interest at the Innovator’s Forum, where I created a website that supports children in the foster care system, which I named RELY. It stands for recreation, education, and life skills for at-risk youth. I submitted information to The First Tee, and I am hoping to get funding for a domain so I can launch it.” 

Maria’s interest in computer science was spurred by her mother and her coursework at GFS. 

“I've taken courses in computer science since ninth grade, and will now serve as a teaching assistant in Matt Zipin’s Introduction to Programming class. The GFS Stokes Science Grant gave me the opportunity to learn about artificial intelligence and its many intersections during my tenth-grade summer. While at GFS, I have participated in many hackathons with my friends, where we work on projects and submit them to competitions, and have even supported the yearly GFS ‘Quackathon.’”

Maria is also working on an environmental studies service project which she hopes to couple with computer science. After noticing the lack of recycling efforts at several local golf courses and discussing it with management, she hopes to initiate the installation of recycling bins that feature colorful artwork from The First Tee students, along with QR codes that link people to The First Tee information and fundraising. 

This June, Maria earned one of 24 spots at the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy held in San Francisco, California. The program connected participants with mentors in various professional fields and focused on leadership, volunteerism, teamwork, and remaining active in the sport. While there, Maria had the chance to play at the renown Olympic Club, along with “people who look like her,” she shared. 

“The world of golf is not as diverse as it could be, so being around other young women like me and working together to grow the game was really empowering.  I think that there are certain stereotypes associated with GFS students and your typical golfer, and they don’t intersect. I don’t think I fully fit either of these stereotypes and that intrigues people, especially my friends. I’m kind of redefining the spaces that I occupy and trailblazing a new path, where embracing your interests and differences are powerful vehicles for change."

Maria was also invited to attend the 2022 Game Changers, honoring Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., the founder of The First Tee. The Villanova University event hosted 72 teens from the US, who are committed to being game changers in their community. 

In addition to these invitations to national golf and leadership events, Ramos served as a junior professional coach for girls, ages 4-14; she took up golf at the age of 12 at Walnut Lane Golf Club. 

“I didn’t have a lot of women coaches, let alone coaches of color, so I want to be a role model for younger students. They take a lot of interest in how much my life has changed because of golf, and I want the same for them. I really hope that I’ve made as much of an impression in their lives as they’ve made in mine.” 

Maria also played golf at various local clubs most days of the week as part of the PGA Junior League and as a member of The First Tee team. Based on her performance, she earned a roster spot at PGA Junior League Sectionals. What’s more, last year, Ramos was honored as The First Tee Leader of the Year from the Philadelphia chapter, which is composed of more than 1,000 youth golfers. 

“I think golf relates to life a lot and I’ve learned a lot about myself through the game. My golf mentors tell me that people keep coming back to the game because no one is perfect, and that it takes dedication to come back every day, for 3-4 hours, to keep improving. That’s me. I will keep trying to improve my game and myself. GFS has been a great partner, too, in helping me strive to grow every day.” 

Katie Bergstrom Mark, Director of Athletics: 

Maria is a standout leader at GFS.  When she sees a problem or inequity, she addresses it. I appreciate that Maria works to find the tools to dissect an issue, not just putting forward her voice, but combining skills of collaboration, persistence and follow up to make a change. I’ve seen her hit multiple roadblocks in her quest to create awareness and action plans towards her goals; each time, she seeks out help, regroups, and perseveres. Maria does not quit. This mindset alone will take her far, but combined with her academic, emotional and social skills, our community has benefited immensely. I'm excited to follow Maria’s path in life!

 

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