Introducing Elizabeth Richter-Atkinson

Introducing Elizabeth Richter-Atkinson

The newest student staff member of WGST Elizabeth answered some questions about her experience with Golf.

When was the first women’s golf tournament? 
In 1893 in the United Kingdom. 
 
Who are the top women’s golf players of all time? 
Mickey Wright, Kathy Whiteworth, Annika Sorenstam, Patty Berg, Louse Suggs, Betsy Rawls, Nancy Lopez, Babe Zaharias, and JoAnne Carner. 
Questions for Elizabeth Victoria Richter-Atkinson the former champion of Special Olympics Golf of last year 2022: 
 
What grade are you in?  
I’m a sophomore undergraduate student with the Mason LIFE Program. 
 
What is your favorite place that you have lived so far overseas?  
That is a tricky question for me to answer but I loved all of them.                         
 
What is your favorite sport? 
My two favorite sports are golf and snow skiing. But unlike golfing in which I’m competing, snow skiing I don’t compete in, but I just enjoy snow skiing just for fun.  
 
Who is your favorite golfer? 
I have two favorite golfers one is a male named Tiger Woods and other is a Japanese woman named Hinako Shibuno (and she always wears a smile when she is playing golf). 
 
When did you start playing golf? 
I started to play golf when I was seventeen in the country of the Philippines in January 2018. 
 
How many times have you participated in the Special Olympics? 
I already participated in the Special Olympics two times in my lifetime. One was when I was in middle school, I played soccer in 2015 and last year I played golf and participated in my first tournament. I couldn’t believe my eyes that I had won the Special Olympics tournament of 2022 this was only my very first win in a tournament, but I didn’t expect to win on my very first two days of the tournament and to become the champion of level one at Virginia Beach.  
 
What is your favorite part of participating in the Special Olympics? 
My favorite part of participating in the Special Olympics for golf is testing my skills and knowledge in golf. The Special Olympics tournament for golf is like a final test for me and to see if I pass when I win the tournament or if I don’t win which means I didn’t pass the final test which is of course the Special Olympics tournament. That’s okay I can try next year but I am still competitive. Also, I kind of act as the captain athlete of my team, Area 26. I try to help and encourage my teammates who are at lower levels than I am.  Tip: Each team’s name begins with Area and then a number which that in case for example my team “Area 26” we’re from the area of Fairfax. 
 
How are you preparing for the upcoming Special Olympics? 
I practiced on Saturdays and on Mondays with my team. Saturday's practices are at the golf course that is near George Mason University which is Burke Lake Golf Center in the morning. And on Monday practices are during the night around 6:30pm to 11 pm and again with my teammates and my coaches are there to help me and the rest of teammates to improve our swings and improve our skills in golf.   
 
Do you have a golf course in your hometown and why is the name of your hometown’s golf course? 
Yes, I do have a golf course in my hometown and the name of that golf course is Oakton Center but it’s not just any golf center, it’s also a gym. 
 
What are you excited about for this upcoming Special Olympics? 
Testing my golf skills against the others Special Olympics teams at Virginia Beach. But also, to see if I can pass level two. If I did then that would mean I would be a level three of Special Olympics golf player. (Also, in the Special Olympics of golf each athlete competes at the same level as he or she is. Example, for me last year I was level one and I played against other athletes that are level one before on the last day of the tournament that I became the champion of level one last year and these levels go all the way to level five.)