With all due respect to Thomas Wolfe and the “You can’t go home again” crowd, Annelise Frederiksen has gone home again and found it par for the course.
Not only does Frederiksen now work at the Woods Valley Golf Course, it was the first golf course she ever played when she took up the game at age 14.
“I kind of do a little bit of everything,” Frederiksen said this week at her Woods Valley Golf Course pro shop office. “Merchandising, inventory, tee times, but my main focus is the golf tournaments, booking them and running them.” For good measure, she also helps giving golf lessons and working with golfers at all levels of skill.
As befits her title of tournament coordinator for the San Pasqual Tribe-operated Wood Valley course, Fredericksen, 23, had been working hard at the next project, the ‘Chip-In for Jim” charity golf tourney scheduled for Woods Valley G.C. That’s “a big event,” she said as she helps put together the show.
As for lessons, Frederiksen teaches chipping and putting, driving and fairway play. She’s pleased with the new ownership saying, “The course is in as good a shape as it’s ever been. The San Pasqual Tribe has put in a lot of effort and work on the course. It’s nice to see it’s being taken care of.”
Home sweet home
As for home sweet home, Frederiksen is a Valley Center resident past, present and into the foreseeable future. She packs a solid golf game as a result having played on for the Valley Center High School Jaguars before taking the show a bit down the road to Cal State State Marcos.
Rather surprisingly for a scratch golfer with a two handicap, Frederiksen didn’t even swing a club until 8th Grade. “My dad didn’t want me to get burned out,” she said referring to her participation in many sports and activities before going down the fairway to her future.
Playing many sports turned into one passion though as she immediately took to golf from swing one. “My dad thought I was kind of a a natural,” Frederiksen said.
Fredericksen made the Jaguars varsity before moving on to a degree at Cal State San Marcos. Naturally, she starred on the school golf team.
These days, Frederiksen is looking toward a golfing future in which she hopes to become a PGA member and get that all-important pro status. To do that, though, she will need to pony up $8,000 to $10,000, then attend PGA school and pass the group’s player ability test.
The PGA membership will allow her to become a manager and head pro at some point if her career heads in that direction. “It’s kind of like getting a masters degree in golf,” she said.
As for the immediate future, Frederiksen, as her handicap asserts, is as good as the guys. She plays, and beats, her male friends with regularity. Most of the times it’s all in good fun although, “some of them don’t take it so well,” she said. “Sometimes they’re very competitive and don’t like it.”