It was just another normal day at the Flores house with the family watching TV.

Bella Flores’ eyes widened when she saw professional golfer Rory McCllroy hitting golf balls from a building.

That’s when the seven-year-old looked at her father Richard Flores and asked him for a golf club.

“One day he took me to the shooting range and I had my only golf club,” Bella said. “I had it tapped for a club but not a bag full of clubs. He bought me a seven iron and we started hitting at the range and he was very impressed. He couldn’t hit the ball so well, but he stopped swinging and focused on me. After that he started putting me in tournaments and here we are now.

Bella Flores just finished her second year at Kingwood High School and helped the Lady Mustangs finish in fourth place in class 6A and she finished tied for 10th place this season.

The Flores family has always been a basketball family.

Richard and his wife Carina both played basketball growing up.

Richard, who attended Humble High School and served as the Wildcats’ first Latino captain, had mixed feelings about his daughter choosing a golf ball over a basketball.

“We thought she was going to play basketball,” Richard said. “She really bothered me a lot when she was growing up and when we came out she was really connecting on the ball. You know, at first I thought it was going to be a few weeks and then something new like kids do , but it wasn’t. She always started doing things on her own and we didn’t have to push her. She’s come a long way.

Bella didn’t leave her dad hooked on basketball. Her golf shoes are Jordans and she has several different pairs that she sometimes can’t choose from.

At first his father told him to wear them and one day everyone will wear them.

Summer Golf Tour

Flores is ready for a fun summer. That doesn’t mean she’s going on vacation all summer.

Its summer is filled with numerous golf tournaments across the country competing with some of the top competition.

She began her summer tour at a familiar location at Kingwood Country Club as part of the Notah Begay III Jr. National Golf Championship.

She finished in second place in the tournament at the Kingwood Clubs shooting a +2.

The 16-year-old finished with 28 pars, three birdies and five bogeys in the tournament.

Next up for Flores is the Texas Mexico Cup, which will be held in San Antonio on June 26. Next, she will travel to Notre Dame, Indiana, for the first national championship start, the Bubba Conlee National Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 5. -8, then she will play in the Callaway World Championship in Palm Desert, California. After that, it’s the Northern Junior Championship in Milford, Connecticut, August 1-3. His final tournament of the summer will be at the Under Rated Golf Tournament in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 8-10, before he prepares for his junior year at Kingwood.

His goal is to finish in the Top 10 in every tournament and improve this summer.

“My vacation this summer is golf,” Bella said with a laugh. “I’m excited because I love to travel and get the opportunity to compete against some of the best golfers. I meet a lot of new people everywhere I go. I know I can compete with anyone and I’m up for the challenge.

Before Bella set off on her own course for the Notah Begay III Jr. National Golf Championship, her phone received nonstop emails and texts from college coaches.

On June 15, college coaches were allowed to speak with the 2024 rookies and four colleges even showed up to watch Bella and other girls play in the tournament. She already has a few NAIA college offerings, but Division I schools such as New Mexico State, Oklahoma State, James Madison, and San Diego State, to name a few- one.

We always ask him the question: what school do you want to go to?

Bella doesn’t have an answer yet. She will take care of all the recruitment and make sure to find the perfect school for her. He still has two years of high school left and wants to earn a state title before focusing on college.

His goal is to play golf forever and one day make the LPGA Tour.

As a sophomore, she was named Female Golfer of the Year by the Houston Chronicle.

She was proud to receive the honor of being the Greater Houston Area’s Most Valuable Player.

On May 18 in the Houston Chronicle on page C8, she appeared on the page with Tiger Woods.

Seeing herself and Tiger on the same page was special for the teenager.

“He’s a huge role model for me, so just seeing that was awesome,” Bella said. “It really put into perspective all the hard work I put in. I’ve seen him grow and I’ve seen him accomplish a lot.

For culture

Bella is just a teenager and enjoys spending time with her friends, shopping with her mom, and even cooking for the family sometimes.

With Golden State beating the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, she’s probably rubbing it in her dad’s face. Richard was supporting the Celtics.

Her favorite golf tournament is the Masters where she met golfers like Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia.

Bella is a Latina and is proud of it. There aren’t many young girls like her on the golf course.

Richard is Salvadoran while his mother Carina is Mexican.

Bella likes to have queso at the Chachi Mexican restaurant in Kingwood.

She knows what she stands for when she plays the first hole of the tournament.

“I think it’s something that I cherish,” said Bella, who speaks Spanish. “I mean, I love my heritage and my ethnicity and just knowing that I’m a Latina and can represent my heritage is really cool. I’m super proud to be a Latina.

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