Name: Victor O. Jackson, SCGA Foundation G.A.M.E. Club Founding Member (pictured right with a playing partner at a recent G.A.M.E. Day)
School: Rolling Hills Preparatory School
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
How did you get started playing golf and how has it affected your life?
I started playing golf with my grandfather at the age of three. He had me out with him while he was teaching at Compton Community College. From there I enjoyed playing the game and made it my only sport at the age of 10. Golf affected my life positively. It has allowed me to meet people my age who love the same sport I do. Additionally, golf has given me the opportunity to gain connections with successful people. Golf has made me a better person.
What has been your experience so far with the events that you have been to with the SCGA?
My experience with the SCGA and their events has been great. I am pleased and happy with every event. With every event there is something new. The courses are the best around Southern California and I am grateful for having the opportunity to play at each one. The G.A.M.E. Days has helped me learn more about the history of golf and courses.
Since school is an important part of your life, as well as golf, how do you balance your time between the two?
Balancing golf and school was hard at first, because I go to a school where education is considered more important. However, with my mom being in the education field, she helped me organize work and manage my time so that I can fit golf into my schedule. I also get work done early so I can practice and play golf more often. Now that I am a junior in high school, I have learned and matured as a student-athlete. Every day I will make sure that I have time for school, homework and golf.
What kind of music do you listen to? Give a few examples.
I listen to all types of music. Whatever sounds good to me, I like. Different days, it's a different genre. My mood and situation also determines what music I listen to. For example, on days I have golf matches and tournaments, I listen to music that is “hype,” something that pumps me up and gets my mind in the zone. I really appreciate music with its great beat, rhythm and lyrics. I am the type of person who listens to music at all times because it helps me think, relax and just enjoy life. Music is great and I like it all.
What are some things you like to do when you aren't playing golf or in class?
I like to hang out with friends. When hanging out with friends, I often chill at their house, drive around, go to the beach and listen to music. I also like reading mystery books; the suspense and drama excites me. If not doing those two I’m probably shopping. Shopping is fun and relaxing; looking at the different items and walking around. Being out in good weather is great. But mainly golfing, studying and relaxing is how I spend most of my days.
What are some of your goals and aspirations with golf?
If possible, like every kid, I dream to become a professional but my goal is to be a Sports Doctor, helping all types of athletes. However, I plan to play college golf for four years at a Division I University. I hope to gain more connections and relationships with golf. I plan to play golf for the rest of my life. It is my sport, gift and talent.
So, what is this G.A.M.E. Club I am hearing so much about?
G.A.M.E. Club is a program with the SCGA FOundation. It has a point system that goes towards events, trips and different activities. It allows juniors who have participated in SCGA Foundation G.A.M.E. Days to come together and enjoy playing golf. The G.A.M.E. Club is filled with different types of opportunities for junior golfers. There are requirements because SGCA looks for a well-rounded student-athlete. It is something new and I hope it goes well as it is our first time trying something like this.