Hola, For those who don't know me my name is Sandra Isabel Angulo Minarro... most people call me Sandy, some call me Sandra , a few Isabel and no one the whole thing. I grew up in Torreon, Coahuila which is in North-Central Mexico. I am the youngest of 3 girls. My mom encouraged us to dance ballet and jazz since we were 3 years old. When I found golf at 9 it became my passion. My parents couldn't believe I was serious about it. My uncle Manolo gave me my first set of clubs and I joined the North junior golf tour. I had never played a hole before the junior tour, just went out and teed it up. That first year didn't show great results but I was the happiest girl hitting that ball.
My competitiveness encouraged me to get better . I wanted so bad to be one of the best girls out there, to win trophies. Nobody in my family played golf and in order to play on the golf course I had to go with an adult. Don Roberto Carrasco, a caddie from my home course, told my mom he would train me. That summer we played 18 holes a day. He was such character and taught me a lot of the golf fundamentals that helped me build a foundation and my character on the golf course.
I started winning on the the junior tour the next season and made it to the Nationals, that earned a spot for my first Junior World in San Diego, CA. It was such a memorable year and we ended up going to Disneyland with my family where I met Tiger Woods father at the opening ceremony. My addiction of successes and traveling grew and that motivated me to keep moving forward with my passion. I also had the privilege to be part of the National Mexican Team. I knew that if I wanted to continue my journey with golf the next step was going include attending a college in the USA.
My Coach, John Crooks, recruited me in my last Callaway Junior World hosted at Torrey Pines, When I first made my official visit to Campbell University located in Buies Creek, NC I fell in love with the place. Small private school, beautiful campus with a 36 hole golf course across the street. It was the the perfect fit for me. I decided to become a Fighting Camel. It took a couple weeks to get used to the transition and Campbell felt like home. I really liked my Coaches and teammates. John Crook, my head coach has been one of the most influential people in my life. He was tough and a great motivator. He knew how to get the best out of me and I admired and respected him as my coach. We had a solid team and one of the keys for our success was my teammates were so supportive and very good friends. Time flew and before I realized it I was graduating from with a degree in Business Administration.
I stayed one more year in NC working at Keith Hills, our home course and playing golf. For a couple of years I played Qschool and a few professional events. I decided to move to Florida since my older sister lived here, things started to fall into place. I am very blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by awesome people who has support my dream. Starting with IGPM, a non profit association that has been on my side since I turned pro and now I am thrilled to be part of Ladies Dream Golf, which has also done an awesome job in supporting aspiring golf professionals. My golf coach, fitness trainer and mental trainer are all top people in their field and we have become friends. This is year is quite exciting for me, because is the first year I will be playing the Symetra Tour year round starting from the first event. It has been a crazy road for me and to be honest, I have no idea how I got this far. There is so many things behind the scenes that I didn't realize it takes to be competing as a pro athlete . I am very privileged to have the opportunity this year and I can't wait to make this season the best yet.
Nos vemos pronto