Elise Deschaine takes advantage of every opportunity presented to her. Coming from a lower-income family, Elise has been more limited in tournaments she can compete in; however, she showed her skill at the SALLY and First Tee PURE Insurance Championship.
“Elise is a very determined and passionate individual,” said Justin Ratte, Site Director at LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Portland, OR. “Stemming from her Native American roots, Elise has shown the grit and grind to make improvements to all elements of her golf game. She handles adversity with a very mature approach for her age and has overcome a lot to be playing at the level she is.”
Elise Deschaine first touched a golf club when she was nine years old. She now aspires to compete at the highest level of collegiate golf. As a part of her preparation, she began running cross country to improve her endurance and build the stamina required for long days on the golf course.
“More than 8 years later, golf, and more specifically Girls Golf, has been such a large part of her life,” Ratte said in his nomination letter. “Elise volunteers as a coach for the same class she started with those 8 years ago and is such a joy to watch coach and mentor younger girls in the program. Her commitment to the program, as well as The First Tee, is admirable. Elise is the most reliable and enthusiastic junior coach we have at the chapter, and I feel very fortunate to have her as a mentor to the younger participants in the program.
“Elise represents Girls Golf and The First Tee at fundraisers, public speaking events, and does the occasional news piece. Her philanthropic drive is very encouraging to observe. Elise is an exceptional student as well. Her commitment to academics mirrors her commitment to the game of golf: unwavering and determined. I have no doubts that Elise will leave a lasting mark on this chapter and will continue to be involved.”