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Life's Back Nine Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College. In this idyllic setting, Kuong refined her game on the nine-hole course and spent many summer evenings after work playing the course again and again and driving hundreds of golf balls with her siblings, in-laws, nieces, and nephew. Thanks to golf, Kuong has had the opportunity to meet several celebrities. One of her more notable encounters was with Boston's leg- endary hockey star Bobby Orr. One afternoon, Kuong's boss asked her if she was free to meet Orr for a business meeting. Thinking her boss was joking, she quipped that she might squeeze him in between "Pammie, this is your favorite distance. You've hit this shot a thousand times. Just trust it." – Peter McCarthy, Caddy appointments. However, she did meet Orr and in time paired up with him in a golf tournament. As good a golfer and gifted hockey player as Orr was, Kuong realized that the secret to the greatest athletes is that they were first great human beings. From Orr, Kuong tempered her fierce competitiveness with humility, compassion, and sportsmanship. Since sports often mimic life, Kuong realized that how athletes play the game directly reflects upon their character and integrity. "If a golfer moves the golf ball out of the bushes when no one's looking, this speaks volumes about that person," she says. As Kuong's "compete-level" at the local arena increased so did her proficiency within the banking industry. When she participated in char- ity tournaments that were comprised of co-ed teams, her reputation as 78 WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 PHO T OS BY MICHAEL CASEY

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