WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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RICHARD STUART KUONG writer MICHAEL CASEY and BRIAN SMITH photographers the Wellesley Swimming Association, Kuong led her teams with a no- nonsense, disciplined, results-oriented style. As rewarding as helping develop local, regional, national, and even Olympic swimmers had been, Kuong's competitive nature fueled her ambition to transition from coach to athlete. But which sport would allow her to practice what she preached to young people for more than 20 years? As an aspiring banker, a male colleague advised her that learning golf would help level the playing field in a male-dominated domain. Consequently, at an age when most elite female golfers have competed, peaked, and retired, Kuong asked her brother-in-law, Warren Avery, a 25-year tennis pro, golf enthusiast, and passionate Patriots fan, to teach her golf's rudiments. Soon, Avery packed his sister-in-law's Play-It- Again Sports golf clubs and hand-me-down bag into his trunk as they headed for Weston's Leo J. Martin golf course. At six-foot-three, 225 pounds, and with excellent hand-eye coordination, Avery could crush the ball great distances. In contrast, at five-foot and one-half inch, Kuong quickly realized that she couldn't keep up with Avery on the driving range. However, after three years, Kuong's mental toughness, consistency, and discipline paid huge dividends as she began to equal and finally surpass the golf scores of her athletic brother-in-law with relative ease. With pride, Avery encouraged Kuong to graduate to the next level of play. Over the next seven years, Kuong was invited to play at the area's quintessential country clubs at corporate events. Recommended by a client, she applied and waited three years to become a member at 77 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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