Gaby Coello is a recent 2016 BGGA Alumni. Originally from Venezuela, Gaby came to the United States with her parents a little over 6 years ago. Since she arrived to BGGA in Orlando, Florida, she worked with Manuel Bermudez who helped her through the process of college placement. Manuel and Gaby worked closely not only on her technique but also on the Mental and Physical part of her game, making her a better golfer, a better athlete and a better person. She is passionated, determined and committed to her dream of playing college golf. Today, Gaby is a college freshman at UGA’s golf team and she is enjoying every second of it. Changes are difficult, yet for her changes represent a learning experience and a challenge that will help her get to the next step of her life. Meet Gaby Coello and see where college life has taken her:
Q: Gaby how did you started playing?
Gaby: I was introduced to golf when I was six at a summer camp where we would have lessons from sports like tennis, swimming and soccer. When I got that first golf lesson during one of the weeks I was hooked, it also had a lot to do with the instructor who introduced me to it. I still keep in contact with him, I owe him a lot for teaching me the love for this game.
Q: You love golf, so what makes you feel passionate about it?
Gaby: I love the thrill of it when I am in a tournament and you feel the adrenaline in your body when you are playing good. I like how it helps you become more patient and accepting of things and as you grow older you learn from bad days.
Q: What are your goals?
Gaby: I want to be an all-American while in college as well as graduating with the degree I want which is Finance and International Business. I also want to play at a professional level after college.
Q: How do you like college so far?
Gaby: I really love it here. It has been better than what I expected it to be. It was challenging at the beginning but I have been getting used to it week by week.
Q: UGA is great place to be a student-athlete, what do you love about being a college athlete?
Gaby: We’re spoiled, that’s the truth. I love having the availability to so many things to help you get better. They give you the opportunity to get better, so you just have to decide to take it. We get awesome gear, and work hard so I feel that as a reward we get all these privileges that make the college experience so much better.
Q: You said it was challenging at the beginning, what has been one of the biggest challenges about the new experience as a college student?
Gaby: I think the toughest thing I have faced in college is managing the time to do everything being a student-athlete demands. Time management is the key thing for student-athletes, you have to manage between 6:30am workouts, homework and tests and, practice and tournaments.
Q: Do you feel BGGA prepare you for college?
Gaby: Yes, in so many ways. It helped me become an undependable golfer since I was able to learn how to practice by myself and fix things without constantly needing someone’s help. It taught me how to build relationships with other people and it also helped me become more focused on the goals I want for my future and how to achieve them.
Q: What would you like people to know about the experience at BGGA and how it helped you achieve your goal?
Gaby: I want them to know that it is worth it to go. BGGA helped me grow as a person as well as a golfer. The coaches are deeply committed to helping you become great but without being too dependent on them. I learned how to become a better player by facing challenges.
Q: Gaby, where do you want golf to take you?
Gaby: I want to play golf for a living and use it as my job. I want to travel the world playing tournaments and one day hope to be able to give back to my community.
Q: This is a simple question, what makes you smile?
Gaby: Mondays nights with my mentor for school, he is the best. Chocolate ice cream, cookies and of course… Golf!!
Q: Final question, what are you thankful for?
Gaby: I’m thankful for my family and to have health. I’m thankful for being able to play golf and study at UGA. I’m thankful for all the lessons I’ve learned from golf and the people I have met because of it and I’m thankful to be able to live in the United States.