Native American Heritage Month Spotlight Gabby Lemieux
This month, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we will be highlighting some of the many remarkable contributors to Indian country. In no way is this list comprehensive or extensive. For the next few weeks we will present a brief biography a day.
Gabby Lemieux, a member of the Shoshone Paiute tribe of Duck Valley Indian Reservation is the first female Native American pro-golfer.
Gabby grew up on the Idaho side of the Duck Valley Reservation playing a wide range of sports including golf. In high school Gabby was a 5A State Champion and record holding golfer. While playing at Texas Tech University, she had four collegiate wins, was ranked #1 in the country, was Big 12 Player of the Year and holds the lowest scoring average for all four years. Gabby graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Human Development in 2018. Since then Gabby has competed in two LPGA events and two Thornberry Creek LPGA classics.
Gabby is not only fiercely working to break new ground for Native American women on the LPGA tour but she is equally determined to ensure that her success has an impact on Native American communities. Gabby has launched her “Swing to Support Native American Youth Education” initiative through which her success on the tour translates into support of vital Native American education-focused organizations. Gabby is determined to be an active role model and supporter of Native Youth. Quote, “Follow your dreams. If you want to play golf, play golf. If you want to play a different sport go for it. If you want to go to college, follow your dreams, you can get there”. Gabby is an example of hard work and determination.
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