Making the varsity golf team as a freshman was one of the most defining moments in Ralph Kho’s life. He vividly remembers the determination, grit and focus he put into tryouts.
“My preparation for tryouts really showed me that if I really want something I know that I will work really hard with consistency, discipline, and determination,” Ralph said. “I even remember forcing my mom to drive me to Mariner’s Point Golf Course to practice during my first period because I had it as a free period.”
When tryouts came, he remembers the coach saying that he had to shoot lower than the top five guys instead of the top 12 to make the team because he would have more playing time on the junior varsity team.
“This didn't make me worry. I just trusted in myself knowing that I have the capability to do so and the next day came and I beat the entire top five guys.” This experience would go down just one notch ahead of another incredible accomplishment Ralph made, which was representing Northern California in the America's Cup, which was held in Edmonton, Canada.
“I was one of the four golfers selected to represent Northern California and compete against the other top four junior golfers of each state in America,” he said.
At Serra, Ralph was on the varsity golf team all four years, an international student mentor since sophomore year, National Honor Society member since junior year, the Physics Club since senior year, the Multicultural Club since freshman year, and the Ping Pong Club.
In the fall, Ralph is off to the University of Dallas, where he hopes to study business.
Ralph’s time at Serra has allotted him many opportunities, experiences, and new friendships that has truly impacted his character.
“Through my four years at Serra I have grown to become a more responsible, confident, and hard working person. I learned the importance of perseverance and being supportive of your Padre brothers,” he said. “Serra has helped me become a better friend, student, and teammate. I'm very proud to be able to call myself a Padre.”
We are so proud of you, Ralph! Congratulations on your bright future!