“A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes of playing professional golf. It’s not the lavish life everyone believes it to be. With that being said, I do this for myself and no one else. Purely to prove to myself that this is why I do what I do and this is what I’m working for”
– Tara Griebenow
Tara Griebenow, a professional South African golfer, has always had a love for the sport.
Embarking her golf journey at nine years old, Tara describes the sport as a lot of who she is today. After graduating from high school in 2014, she pursued her dream to becoming a professional golfer by working towards her PGA (Professional Golfing Association) qualification in 2015. Accomplishing her goal, she became a professional in 2019.
Since her accomplishment in becoming a professional, Tara has won one event, finished third place in the Cape Town Ladies Open and sixth in the Johannesburg Ladies Open. The highlight of her golfing career was when she played alongside Lee Ann Pace in the Cape Town Open in 2020. “That for me was a dream come true, coming down the last hole in the final 3 ball. I was so proud. I didn’t ever believe in myself until that day”.
When asked about her challenges, Tara described the years between 2016 – 2018 as: “a bad couple of years”. Having undergone six different operations had resulted in her having to spend 16 months away from golf.
During these months of recovery, the passionate golfer did not lose her motivation. Instead, she described it as a time that built her character; “The struggle that I went through and pushed through is something that I often look back on, and it makes me so proud of myself. I never gave up, as hard as it was, I stuck it out”.
This challenge has encouraged Tara to follow a healthier lifestyle. She now uses her experiences when coaching others. Her challenges have groomed her into the player, coach and person she is today.
When it comes to sacrifices, her dedication to golf often finds her having to give up some of her time with friends, family, and sometimes some time away from home. However, Tara feels grateful that she gets to do what she loves.
When asked what she loves most about golf, she said: “Getting to travel, meet new people and being able to get paid to do what I love”.
Tara hopes to further her professional playing career on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), an American organization for female golfers.
Lastly, she expresses her gratitude towards her parents and loved ones: “I am very fortunate to have such genuine people on Team Tara. It doesn’t go unnoticed”.
“Golf is so challenging, you’re constantly trying to improve somewhere, change something or try something new. It’s very encouraging to get creative” – Tara Griebenow.