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Houston High golfer to play internationally


You may not know the name Jayna Choi now, but there's a very good chance you will soon.

The Houston High School freshman is the top player in Tennessee, according to Polo golf rankings, and 18th in the country.

Now, she is taking her game international, named by the LPGA the first of 4 players in the country to represent the United States in the Evian Championship Junior Cup in France.

"My brother actually went 5 years ago," Choi said. "I always wanted to go like he did. So I was working towards it, and I reached it. So I'm very excited."

Jayna already has an impressive resume, winning the Bubba Conley tournament in Memphis last year, getting to the semi-finals of the 2015 U.S Girls Junior Championship and qualifying for this year's USGA Women's Amateur.

All of this at just 14 years old.

"I enjoy the swinging part, but I'm working on the short game more and more to get better scores. I've been working a lot over the winter and summer, and it has been getting better."

Jayna's coach, Dan Brown, has seen the improvement. 

"Really beginning now this past year has been a big change in Jayna's game--in understanding how to play the game at a high level," Brown said. "When they travel to these golf courses, she doesn't get to play those every day. And now she is beginning to learn how to play these golf courses like a professional.'"

Currently a member of the Houston High School golf team, Jayna said her immediate goal is helping her team to a state title. But down the road, she's hoping to follow in the footsteps of her favorite LPGA player, 18-year-old Lydia Ko.

"She's a really good player at a young age and it shows that in golf it doesn't matter how old you are. You can be good." 

Jayna Choi is proof of that.

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