It’s no secret that every sport faces the issue of gender inequality and long drive is not an exception. Even though female athletes have come a long way and there have been great improvements toward reaching gender equality, there is still a noticeable gap in participation, opportunity and pay between men and women. This is definitely one of the issues that ALDA wishes to address and, in that spirit, we are happy to introduce you to an amazing young lady with a promising future in long drive.
Meet Emily Hun, a student at Shanghai High Tech Creative School where she’s getting ready to apply for some of the most prestigious colleges in the States. She’s planning to pursue a career in Business Management at one of the top universities, a few being Yale, Iowa State and University of Michigan. She was born Tengteng Hun on March 28, 2005 in Macau, China and is the middle child of three siblings. Even though playing long drive is still just a hobby for Emily, it’s only for now. In five years she would like to see herself playing college golf and win a few tournaments. And we must say, she’s on the great path to achieving her goals. This young athlete has been hitting some seriously long balls – the longest being 276m(302 yards). She started playing golf back in 2016 and after watching a few video clips about long drive on social media, Emily’s new love has been born. Since then, she’s managed to win both the 2020 China Long Drive Championship Finals and the 2021 Shenzhen Station. The bad weather affected the outcome, but she still won the 2020 Championship title with a 222m long ball., and she hit the longest ball of her career at the Shenzhen Station in 2021.
Being this good at this age can only mean one thing – her future success is just around the corner, already palpable. Her professional goal is to gain more distance and play at the LPGA tour and she plans on doing so by preparing both mentally and physically. When asked what has been her favorite tournament, Emily said “2020 China Long Drive Championship Finals because of the environment and the atmosphere. It made me feel really confident. Also, my friends and family could watch the game on TV.” Emily’s family has been very supportive since she started playing and that has most probably contributed to her success.
This young long drive player, apart from being an amazing golfer, has also been a great student with a 3.67/4 GPA.
We’re proud of you, Emily Hun. Keep reaching for the stars.