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The American dream of Carolina López-Chacarra

The American dream of Carolina López-Chacarra

The promise of new opportunities, of a better life, is what throughout its history has turned the United States into a land of immigrants. He American Dreamthe American dream that he has lived in the last two years Carolina Lopez-Chacarra.

The 20-year-old from Madrid, who decided to cross the pond in 2022 to enhance her game in the demanding North American university system, was proclaimed NCAA champion at the end of May with Wake Forest, the North Carolina university from which they left, between others, arnold palmerLen Mattiace, Will Zalatoris or Jennifer Kupcho. The latter, now a star on the LPGA, could well be an incentive for Chacarra, who in two years at the center has two individual victories and now this national title, the first for the Demon Deacons women’s program.

“This victory comes from all the hours of training that we have put in. It’s an incredible feeling, hard to explain. We have managed to overcome the seven rounds, with a lot of heat, wind, departures in the morning and in the afternoon… It is hard work, but it is worth it”explained his emotions after the victory of Chacarra, 28th in a amateur world ranking in which Madrid is highly represented: number two is Cayetana Fernández, whose sister Blanca also played in the NCAA finals, she with Texas A&M, precisely the victim of Wake Forest in the semifinals.

All three are part of the constant exodus of young European players to American universities (Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Muñoz, Jon Rahm and Eugenio López-Chacarra, Carolina’s brother, are successful Spanish examples), a process in which they not only receive They also contribute. “The Europeans are extremely important. When they come they already understand team golf, which is less common here, and they work hard. Her golf culture is very useful to win here”, confesses Kim Lewellen, Chacarra’s coach at Wake Forest, who tells how she has spread the Spanish enthusiasm to the rest of her teammates: “I adore Chacarra. Now they all say “Come on!” when he putts. She is extremely hardworking.”

For now, Carolina’s future plans are clear, and they are not going through any changes. She is down to earth. “I want to finish university and become a professional. I hope I can fulfill my dreams, ”she says. The American has already experienced it.

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