PORTLAND, Ore. — Gigi Stoll was back at Portland Golf Club, where she grew up playing the sport she loves.
“It’s awesome to be out here,” Stoll said. “It’s awesome to just look around and know everyone and just be a part of something really special.”
Gigi took up golf when she was just five years old with her dad, Mike Stoll.
“She came right out and the first time I ever saw her swing, I went ‘This is for real,'” Mike said. “I could tell she was going to be a good player right off the bat. “
He was right. Now, 18, Gigi is a scratch golfer and the reigning Oregon Women’s Amateur Champion and a state high school champion. Last summer, she made the cut in the LPGA pro event at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Gigi dreams of playing on tour. The next step to achieving that goal is heading to the University of Arizona on a golf scholarship.
“I just want to see how college golf goes,” Gigi said. “I mean, I think that will put a lot of things in perspective. You know, my first year, second year and see how it goes from there.”
In the meantime, she graduated from Beaverton High School Wednesday night and is looking forward to summer at home. The Oregon Amateur is a week-and-a-half away at Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha. The U.S. Women’s Amateur will be at Gigi’s home course, Portland Golf Club, in August. Qualifying is in July.
It should be a special summer for Stoll, who admits she is getting a little sentimental.
“Yeah, I have,” Gigi said. “There’s a lot of things I’m leaving behind. I’m really excited for my future, but there are a lot of things I’m wrapping up here.”
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