Hailey Ostrom - Rising Golf Star
As a young girl, golf was the sport Hailey Ostrom was naturally good at. However, she claims that she didn’t truly fall in love with golf until her junior year of college. That’s when she realized how much she enjoyed the daily grind, putting in extra time to improve, showing up to practice early and staying longer. After putting in the daily work, she decided, “I have the ability to be great.”
Being a fan of Annika Sorenstam, Hailey loves the competitive drive she has while also constantly displaying class and humility. Annika is the ideal example of a strong female athlete. “She doesn’t make excuses or complain about circumstances. Instead, she works hard and trusts that everything will work out in the end”, Hailey mentions of Annika. She also loves and respects Tony Finau. Someone who didn’t have the ideal country club upbringing, but that didn’t stop him from working hard. Hailey recalls that Tony used to hit balls against an old mattress in the garage. “I believe it’s very easy to only look at what we don’t have instead of what we DO have,” said Hailey. Tony made the most of his situation and put in the work even if it wasn’t in the traditional sense.
Before Hailey graduated from college and was trying to decide what to do next, her dad suggested she move to Arizona and play in some smaller professional golf events. He pointed out the improvement she made in just four short years and encouraged her to put her skills to the test against professional golfers. “I remember him saying that at the very least, I’d be playing golf in sunny Arizona and experiencing something new before getting a “big girl job”.” Hailey packed up her car after graduation and drove down to Scottsdale, Arizona. She didn’t have a job lined up, didn’t know anyone, and didn’t have a lot of money in the bank account. She says it was the best thing she has ever done. Hailey joined the Cactus Tour a couple months later after getting settled in.
Hailey claims to have made two amazing decisions in her life, attending George Fox University and moving to Scottsdale. She never expected her career to take off the way it did. With nearly 300k followers on Instagram, a strong YouTube presence, and the goal of reaching the LPGA, Hailey is definitely on the right path for success. “I always thought I’d move here and play some golf, maybe a couple doors may open and I’ll find my path along the way. The people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve been given are all thanks to my move to Arizona,” Hailey mentions when discussing her move to Scottsdale, Arizona.
One of her biggest accomplishments to date is competing on the Golf Channel’s “Shotmakers” series. As proud as she is of that, her absolute top accomplishment is positively impacting the next generation of young female athletes. She absolutely loves hearing and receiving messages from fans stating that she has inspired them or that she’s their favorite golfer.
Be on the lookout for this young athlete as she gears up for the LPGA Qualifying school in August. Hailey has big goals for her future and changing the game for the better. If you want to follow her on the road to the LPGA, make sure to check her socials at @haileyostrom on Instagram and YouTube.