NEW ORIGINALS: Katrina Adams

Chairman, CEO and President of United States Tennis Association (USTA)
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Katrina Adams - USTA

Lives in: White Plains, NY
Home course:

All over the world! :)

Playing:

I picked up golf in 1988, but I’ve been seriously playing for 18 years.

Handicap: 6.5 index
*Most memorable golf moments:

Walking up the 18th hole at The Old Course, St. Andrews, visualizing the many moments in history and what that meant to all that competed at the highest level.

Driving the green on the 285 yard par 4 at Innisbrook on a downwind, downhill approach in front of the golf pro, Rodney Green and my foursome. :)

Favorite courses:

The Old Course (St. Andrews Links, Scotland)

Pinehurst No. 2 (Pinehurst, NC)

Torrey Pines (LaJolla, CA)

Westchester Country Club (Rye, NY)

TPC Sawgrass (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)

Bucket list courses:

Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, CA)

Bandon Dunes (Brandon, OR)

Find Katrina online:

@KATADAMS68 (INSTAGRAM & TWITTER)

Katrina Adams on FACEBOOK


What three words describe your golf game?

Aggressive, Powerful, Improving

How are you playing this year? What are you doing well, and what are you working on?

I haven’t played as much as I would have liked at this time of the year. I have been scrambling well and scoring. I haven’t had time to work on anything, so I’m just enjoying each time I go out and play.

How did you first become interested in golf and what steps did you take to start playing?

I was introduced by my tennis coach. He played and I drove the cart. It was boring and I had no interest. We would play early in the morning. He hit and I had to sprint to the ball, as part of my training for nine holes.

One day I went to the range with the club pro and I was hooked after the second ball I hit was absolutely perfect and felt amazing. I bought a set of clubs on the spot.

How often do you play / practice now?

I don’t play often at all. I travel a lot and do try to play at least once away if I’m in a spot for an extensive period of time. I think I have played eight rounds this year and I absolutely never practice.

 Katrina Adams2 - USTA

What’s the one thing that’s had the biggest impact on your golf game?

I finally took lessons two winters ago at Golftec in White Plains. Fine tuning my swing with computer visuals with Fred Moore, allowed me to understand my weaknesses better and improve technically.

Physically, I’m a visual learner so it’s important that I include a great golfer in my foursome whenever possible to learn new things as well.

What was the first major purchase you made related to golf & how much did you spend? What made you think it was time to invest in your game?

I guess the first set of clubs I purchased was the first major investment and that was only $400 then.

I would also say that the last set of clubs that I bought would my last major purchase and that was a couple thousand. It’s important to have great equipment and fit the evolution of equipment to your game at the right times.

How and why you did you get involved with Original Tee.

I was introduced to Wendell at the OTGC by Jim Kelly years ago. I have played the event every year since and have supported the efforts of Wendell and his team in recognizing and honoring some of the game’s greats in African-American golfers and supporting inner city golf programs that benefit from the proceeds like the Bill Dickey Foundation, et al.

Have you played in the OTGC? Describe your experience.

I have played it at least seven times or more. I enjoy talking smack with the best of them and taking people’s $$$! The camaraderie that has developed with so many has been rewarding and I will miss taking home the hardware this year. It’s time to share. ;)

What about the annual OTGC do you look forward to?

I look forward to catching up with old friends that I haven’t seen in a year. Laughing at the most obnoxious outfits and disguises and listening to greatest lies of all time, when the fellas are referring to thier golf moments… and laughing at those that DON’T want a piece of me on the golf course out of fear of getting beat…hahaha!

 Katrina Adams - USTA

What non-golf things do you do that help your game?

I’m a tennis player so my swing and feel come natural to me. I don’t really do anything in particular that focuses on my golf game.

Talk about your approach to the mental game in golf.

It’s simple, I believe in my abilities and and am blessed to have been a professional athlete in an individual sport. Therefore, I’m not easily distracted and I can focus under pressure scenarios.

What do you find is the hardest thing to correct if you’re doing it wrong?

My alignment is where my downfall lies. I recognize it when it’s happening but it’s the hardest thing for me to correct in the moment.

What’s more important, the long game or the short game? Why?

I drive the ball well but its the short game that scores. I look great driving to 220 but if my approach shot is off, my scoring is off.

What do you remember about your favorite round of golf?

My best round was a 75. All cylinders were working. Fairways and greens. It couldn’t have been better.

What have you learned about yourself by playing golf?

I’ve learned that I’m hard on myself and want to be perfect. At the same time, I have learned to accept my imperfections and enjoy the moment. I’ve learned that once your mind wanders, so does your game. I can be anywhere in the world on a golf course. It’s a long walk in the park and I have learned to appreciate that.

What’s the most you’ve won/lost on a round of golf?

A LOT. ;)

Katrina Adams on the cover of Diversity Woman magazine Summer 2015 issue

Katrina is also “courting success” on the cover

of the Summer 2015 issue of Diversity Woman magazine!


June 8, 2014, Paris, France; Roland Garros Tennis Channel analyst, Katrina Adams

MORE ABOUT KATRINA

Katrina M. Adams began serving a two-year term as USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President on Jan. 1, 2015. Adams has served on the USTA Board of Directors for 10 years and recently completed a two-year term as First Vice President. In her new role, Adams becomes the first African-American and first former professional tennis player to serve as the association’s Chairman of the Board, CEO and President.

In addition to her role as First Vice President, Adams is a contributor on CBS Sports Network’s first all-female sports show, “We Need to Talk,” and serves as a television analyst for Tennis Channel. She also is a contributor to Tennis Magazine and tennis.com, providing instruction articles and videos, and serves as the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program in New York City.

Adams played for 12 years on the WTA tour, and was ranked as high as No. 67 in singles and No. 8 in doubles. She captured 20 career doubles titles. While a player, Adams served on the board of directors of the WTA as a player representative for four one-year terms and on the WTA’s Players Association for five two-year terms. She was honored with the WTA’s Player Service Award in 1996 and 1997.

Adams attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, majoring in communications, and helped the Wildcats to a Big Ten championship in 1986. She was an NCAA All-American in 1986 and 1987, and in 1987 became the first African-American NCAA doubles champion.

A Chicago native, Adams has been inducted into the Northwestern Hall of Fame. She also was inducted into the USTA Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2005, the Chicago District Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Black Tennis Hall of Fame in 2012. Adams currently lives in White Plains, N.Y., and Lakewood Ranch, Fla. She is a member of the USTA Eastern Section.

 

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