Most 4-year-olds play with building blocks.
Not Emma Henrikson. At the age of four, she started building a career as a golfer.
"I started to play golf just for fun when I was four years old," she said. "But I got my handicap and started to get more serious when I was eight."
At age 17, Henrikson, a native of Malmö, Sweden, was good enough to qualify for the Swedish National Team. About the same time, she chose to attend San Diego State University, which she said she selected primarily for the university's outstanding women's golf program.
"But I also chose San Diego State because they had a good business program," said Henrikson. "I heard positive things from former business students and golfers, therefore, the choice was not hard to make."
Henrikson is currently a sophomore majoring in marketing because, she said, of the interest she has in marketing and promoting companies, creating commercial messaging and working with people.
According to accounting professor, Dr. Gary Grudnitski, Henrikson is not just an outstanding athlete, but an excellent student as well. "It constantly amazes and makes me proud of how so many of our student-athletes, like Emma, have the drive and talent to excel, not only in their sport, but also in the classroom," he noted.
But a career in the world of business may be a few years off since Henrikson, last year's Mountain West Conference Female Freshman Golfer of the Year, is planning to become a professional golfer upon graduation. "I'm going to try to qualify for the LPGA tour and, hopefully, stay in the U.S.," she said. "Plan B is to go back home and play on the Ladies European Tour."
Emma Henrickson hopes to tour with the LPGA after graduation
"It constantly amazes and makes me proud of how so many of our student-athletes, like Emma, have the drive and talent to excel, not only in their sport, but also in the classroom."
- Dr. Gary Grudnitski