When Rachel Heck’s father found out his third child would also be his third daughter, he made a decision: No ballet. No recitals. These girls are going to play golf.
That choice – made before Heck, now 17, was even born – turned out to be life-changing in ways the family couldn’t even imagine.
“I can’t remember ever not wanting to be a golfer,” the rising star told AOL.com.
But what exactly was it that lured Heck to golf at such a young age? Like many kids, she was motivated by food. Her father turned golf practice into a competition between his three daughters, and the prize was always ice cream – mint chocolate chip ice cream, to be exact.
“Every day after work, he would take my sisters and I out to the driving range,” Heck said of her dad. “We would always play some silly little game but the goal, if we won – which we always did because it was probably impossible not to – we got ice cream. So, for me, growing up, golf just meant ice cream.”