The 2016 Olympic Games open this Shabbat, and Israel Today had an opportunity to catch up with Laetitia Beck, the young Israeli woman who will proudly represent the Jewish state in the first Olympic golf competition since the 1904 summer games.
Quite an accomplishment for a young girl from a country where there is just one golf course!
It was just one year ago that Beck became the first and only Israeli golfer to play on the PGA tour. “Now that I can play golf for Israel at the Olympics, I am very happy. It gives me an even higher purpose,” she said.
Beck says that her family have always been Zionists and she displays the flag of Israel on her golf shoes and sometimes on her hat or clubs. “When I play golf I’m very proud to represent Israel. My goal is to represent Israel and the Jewish people,” she noted.
Beck, who started playing golf when she was nine, became the Caesarea Club Champion at age 12.
In Israel, all eyes will be watching their only player at the Olympics. Beck cannot avoid the stress that comes to anyone competing under the Israeli flag on the world’s biggest stage. “As the time draws nearer, I think about it more and more. I know I will be nervous,” said the youngster about the challenge she soon faces.
The women’s Olympic 52-hole competition will be played August 17-20.