Sadena Parks a Seattle native, has been playing golf since her father introduced her to the game and is now a golfer on the LPGA Tour. Her story on how she got there is one of a kind. She started her playing career at UW (University of Washington) where she was very successful. From their she took her talents professionally. One of the paths to the LPGA Tour is through the Symetra Tour. The Symetra Tour is essentially the mini tour to the LPGA where you can work your way up. Sadena was the first African American golfer to earn her tour card through the Symetra Tour.
Alissa Kacar and Sadena Parks went to Arroyo Trabuco, in San Deigo, CA to play a few hole and we got to know who Sadena is on a personal level. Sedona shares her mental journey with golf, as well as her tips for those new to the game. She also talks about her journey to the LPGA Tour and how she is hoping to impact more people coming to the game, particularly the youth.
Sadena Parks’ Mental Journey with Golf
Sadena’s mental journey with golf has been a self-discovery process. She has learned to be authentic and unique, and to be okay with her own swing. She has also learned to be more outspoken and to value herself.
Tips for Newer Players
Sadena’s advice for newer players is to focus on a small target, such as a tree, leaf, branch, or stick. This will help to eliminate mistakes and to get the chatter out of their head.
Sadena Parks’ Journey to the LPGA Tour
Sadena is the first African-American female to make it through the Symetra Tour. She has had to make many changes, such as changing caddies and coaches, in order to make it to the LPGA Tour. She has also had to learn to value herself more and to be more selective in saying yes or no to people.
Sadena Parks’ Impact on the Game
Sadena is hoping to use her platform to impact more people coming to the game, particularly the youth. She believes that social media is a great way to do this, by putting out content with her brand, golf, and connecting with the youth. She encourages others to be their authentic selves and to keep it light.