by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Spark Photography

Inspired by the Feeling of Success

student_wang_1The summer before fourth grade, Michael Wang’s dad got a set of golf clubs for him to try. He swung his first club, and ever since then, “I’ve been hitting golf balls every week.” A sophomore at Del Norte High School, Michael now plays golf competitively outside of school and is on the Varsity Nighthawk team. “I won the league tournament last year as a freshman,” he confided, “and many other tournaments outside of school.”

Michael has lived in Del Sur for the past seven years. “I like living here because of the multiple community swimming pools and parks I can go to that are walking distance from my house,” he explained. He likes Del Norte because, “I love being able to interact with all sorts of people and make new friends.” His favorite subject at school is calculus. “My teacher is awesome, and it’s my toughest class,” he said. Even though the class is really difficult, Michael still looks forward to going to class every day to learn.

Being challenged constantly is Michael’s favorite part of golf. “No matter how good I think I’m getting, I face new difficulties and have to learn to overcome them.” One of his biggest challenges is overcoming the emotions of the game and focusing on what is upcoming, not on what happened in the past. Johnny Gonzales, Michael’s coach, is his biggest inspiration, who has always been there to help him and has never given up on him. “He pretty much got me to be the golfer I am today.” Also inspired by the feeling of success, he reiterated, “When I feel accomplished, I’m on top of the world. It’s like nothing can hold me back.”

Being challenged constantly is Michael’s favorite part of golf. “No matter how good I think I’m getting, I face new difficulties and have to learn to overcome them.”

Video games have been a part of Michael’s life since he could hold a controller in his hands, whether it be for the Nintendo 64 or Xbox. He’d like to continue playing golf in college and to never stop playing. “It has become a part of who I am now,” he said. He also enjoys the beach and playing the aforementioned video games with his father. He says it surprises some people he can’t speak his native language of Chinese. “Sometimes Chinese kids my age come up to me and I have no idea what they are saying to me.”

Michael Wang is swinging for the sky in 92127.

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Meet Michael

Name: Michael Wang (16)
School: Del Norte High School
Grade: 10
Parents: John Wang & Alice Wang
Sibling: Chris Wang (18)
Favorite place in 92127: Heritage Park next to Del Norte