Alumna Spotlight: BYU Sophomore Annick Haczkiewicz
It’s a typical Las Vegas and Southern Nevada golf story for Brigham Young University sophomore and Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association alumna Annick Haczkiewicz. She is one of the best players in SNJGA history, a Nevada state high school champion as a senior at Palo Verde High School … and her parents, Marek and Ursula, have been acrobats in Cirque Du Soleil’s Mystere during her childhood years. Well, ok, maybe her story isn’t so typical, but her play on the course is what is turning people’s heads. –By Brian Hurlburt, Las Vegas Golf Insider.
As of this writing, Haczkiewicz has played in 13 tournaments over 1.5 seasons at BYU, finishing in the top 10 four times including three of her last four tournaments in the fall 2019 season. She also finished tied for eighth at the West Coast Conference tournament as a freshman. She shot a career-low 68 (-4) in the third round of the 2019 Rainbow Wahine Invitational and en route to finishing tied for sixth.
The nursing major had a strong local junior golf career and also made noise in national USGA events and qualifiers. She and her partner, Sydney Smith ( fellow SNJGA alum now playing at Colorado State), were low medalists at the U.S. Women’s Four Ball in 2018, but were upset in the round of 32. In 2017, they had also qualified and made the quarterfinals.
Haczkiewicz also appeared in the IMG Junior Worlds, finished in the final 16 of the U.S. Girls Junior and won local, Southern Nevada junior tournaments. In addition to her state high school title, she won three Sunset Region titles in a row while at Palo Verde.
Now, about the family Cirque business and how it correlates to golf.
“When it’s time to hit a shot, I know I have to focus on what I’m doing, and when it’s time for my parents to do a trick or make a pass, they definitely have to know what they’re doing,” Haczkiewicz said in a recent USGA.com article. “Maybe there’s a parallel because we both have to be confident in our skills and do what we know. For example, if it’s time to do a flip and they’re not confident, they’re going to crash. And for me, I have to know my shot and my distance before I can hit it.”
Haczkiewicz is gaining more and more confidence with each round at BYU. The Cougars will play in Las Vegas in the Rebel Beach Invitational at Spanish Trail plus they will play the WCC tournament at Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas April 23-25. It is the first time the tournament is being held in Southern Nevada.
“I’m super proud of our resiliency and how tough we played,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said following the team’s runner-up finish in Hawaii, the final Fall event. “The girls stepped up when we needed them to. Never count this team out.” Haczkiewicz tied for low team honors with junior Naomi Soifua.