For Laetitia Beck, home is on the golf course
After a strong start on the LPGA circuit, Beck says she's finding her focus and enjoying her globetrotting lifestyle.
Laetitia Beck is used to being the new girl in town. She was born in Belgium and moved to Israel at 6, where she spent most of her time at an 18-hole golf course in her new country. She won the Israeli Open when she was 12. Then she attended a prestigious boarding school in Florida and enrolled at Duke University in North Carolina, where she helped the golf team win the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
After graduation, she became the first Israeli on the LPGA tour. This week, she's in Westchester County, New York, holding her own at one of the tour's biggest events – the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Beck's next goal is to represent the Israeli Olympic golf team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when the sport returns to the Olympic Games. But for now, Beck wants to use her pro status for more than competition and upward mobility. She also wants to be an inspiration to fellow athletes back home and to help make the sport she loves become even more popular in her home country.
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