Palos Verdes Peninsula junior Alysa Davis is the president of her high school’s black student union (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Palos Verdes Peninsula junior Alysa Davis is a veteran golfer who helped her high school golf team reach the CIF Southern Section Regional playoffs this past season.

Davis has also competed on the SCPGA Juniors Tour and in tournaments hosted by the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA).

“My favorite part is how everything’s different, no golf course is the same,” Davis said. “Every golf course offers its own challenge. You’re never going to the same thing every single time.”

Competing for Peninsula is more of a group effort, Davis noted how competing in the playoffs was challenging.

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“My team is really good, so I had to make sure I played good to be able to play in different things,” she said. “You have to work as a team because it’s a team score. I was focusing, working with my team … we help each other a lot.”

Outside of competing for her high school, Davis recently competed in the First Tee New Orleans National Tournament. A key lesson that she learned was how to play in different conditions.

“It was cold and windy. I live in California, obviously, I’m used to it being sunny and warm all year round,” Davis said. “Playing when it’s 40 degrees and extremely windy was definitely a lesson.”

Since she competes in tournaments, Davis practices every day. This gives her more experience than an average high school player.

“I’ve been playing tournaments for so long that I was used to going  out and playing the nine-hole matches or the 18-hole tournaments,” Davis said. “Playing for five hours or practicing for six hours.”

Davis has been a junior golfer with Tee Divas and Tee Dudes for several years. The organization gave her a support system of friends and taught her family about the college recruitment process.

“I’ve met so many Black golfers,” Davis said. “I’ve had my own community playing golf with me and we’re all really close.”

Being a student athlete has been teaching Davis how to balance her life.

“I go to school in the morning, then I go to practice and I still have to come back and do my homework and still get enough sleep for the next day,” she said. “It’s teaching me a lot about the real world.”

Davis is also the president of the Black Student Union at Peninsula.

“We’ve had meetings  every month,” Davis said. “We had a guest speaker who’s my sister, talking about her experience at HBCU’s, just telling people about their options.”

Along with her efforts at school and the golf course, Davis volunteers with the SCGA girls’ golf class.

“I’m an e-leader for it,” she said. “I just help the classes set up, clean up.”

Davis aspires to compete at the college level for an HBCU and study law to become a lawyer.