Player Profile: Caitlyn Yamashita

This article is from Tiger Newspaper’s September 2015 issue

By Ryan Nakamura

Staff Writer

Junior golfer Caitlyn Yamashita has consistently proven her importance to the girls’ varsity golf team.

Yamashita, who grew up in South Pasadena, said her parents’ support helped her advance in her golfing career and personal life. Yamashita has been an integral part of the team since joining varsity her freshman year, averaging one under per match.

“Caitlyn is really dedicated to golf,” junior Emily Swanson said. “She puts in countless hours so it’s no surprise that it shows in her game.”

Yamashita, a co-captain this season, hopes to lead the Tigers to the team’s eighth consecutive undefeated season and league championship.

“I want to keep up the tradition of being undefeated league champions. This’ll be our eighth year so it’s a lot of pressure but I think we can do it,” Yamashita said.

With 11 years of golfing experience, Yamashita has shown her ability on the course, playing in a multitude of clubs such as the San Gabriel Valley Junior Golf League and the First Tee of Pasadena.

“[In golf,] you have to be really honest, especially because there are no refs or officials unlike other sports,” Yamashita stated. “If you mess up, you have to tell your opponents that you’ve made a mistake [and] you have to take action for yourself and just be a leader on the field.”

Yamashita plans to continue her golfing career in college by playing Division I golf at USC. In her free time, Yamashita enjoys listening to music, and playing video games.