The golf protege is ready to take the next step
Ginger Howard often has to remind herself that she is still young. The 22 year old golf sensation bursted on to the scene five years ago, making history as the youngest African American female to ever become a professional golfer. Her story radiated throughout the black community, a unique path for a culture who’s knowledge of the game is often limited to Tiger Woods alone. Howard represented the new generation of not just blacks, but females and found her self in newspapers and publications across the country. Accomplishing so much at such a young age can make the average person get comfortable. Howard however, plans to continue to adding new milestones to her career, as she inches closer and closer to her prime.
“To become the youngest AA to turn pro was and still is a humbling accomplishment for me,”
“The younger version of myself inspires me,” says Howard. The Darby, Pennsylvania native moved to Maryland, and eventually Florida where she was able to hone her talents at IMG Academy. It was there where she became an elite level golfer in her age group, and began turning heads in regards to her pro potential. “To become the youngest AA to turn pro was and still is a humbling accomplishment for me,” She says. “I felt invincible winning my debut event and ready to compete on a higher stage.”
“I have learned to embrace being different and having to work harder than others in the game”
Since that accomplishment, Howard has dealt with all the highs and lows of being a young star in golf, but did break through to the LPGA tour last year, making her just the seventh African American ever to do so. While the lack of diversity in the sport can be tough, Howard is now a young veteran, and has adjusted accordingly.
“I have learned to embrace being different and having to work harder than others in the game,” She says.
“I felt invincible winning my debut event and ready to compete on a higher stage.”
Ginger Howard’s career remains filled with promise, in a game where golfers in their thirties are still considered young. Her early start blazed a trail for many behind her, and also gave her a head start on her competition. With her mind fixated on her future success, Howard says her goals are: “Getting mentally and physically stronger through fitness, training and competition to better prepare myself to be more consistent on Symetra and prepare myself to get back on the LPGA.” Nevertheless, at age 22, Howard is already a champion for her people and young golfers everywhere as she provides representation to every young black girl who wants to go pro. Keep on at it Ginger.