Faces of the FSGA: Nicolette Darois
When did you start with the FSGA?
November 1, 2016
Where did you go to college?
University at Albany (SUNY Albany)
How did golf become a part of your life?
Golf became a part of my life when I was around 9 years old. My Dad started taking my sisters and I to a local driving range and par 3 course. After a year or two, my sisters decided it wasn’t for them and I really started to take to the game because it was something that I could call mine while spending time with my Dad and my Grampy. I played on the high school team throughout middle school and high school, and played collegiately for the University at Albany. I drove the beverage cart on summer break in college at the course where I grew up playing. After graduation, I started my career in golf as intern with the New York State Golf Association before landing in Florida when the FSGA so graciously took me in.
I love all aspects of fitness, and most recently started running. I also love travelling, cooking/baking, and spending money on things I don’t need like getting my nails done and Lululemon. I also usually enjoy being a New England sports fan, but currently cannot take any more heartache after the Brady/Gronk situation.
I come from a big family. I have my wonderful parents, Brad and Dorothy, two older sister’s Alex and Danielle, two older brothers, Matt and Kyle. Last but not least, my twin sister Victoria who currently lives with me in Tampa with her adorable black lab, Breck (short for Breckenridge). There are also 3 nieces and 3 nephews in the mix.
Still play the game?
I still play occasionally, but not very well. I consider myself officially retired from competitive golf but I’ll be a mid-am soon, so anything can happen.
Favorite memory from the FSGA?
It’s hard for me to pick my favorite memory from the FSGA because I’ve had a lot of great opportunities and experiences. Last year I was invited to join the USGA Staff for a week at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball hosted by Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville. Spending a week on that golf course was something else. The weather was beautiful, and you could hear the National Anthem every morning from NAS Jax. It was a great opportunity helping set up and run part of a USGA Championship while representing the FSGA.
I was in marching band. Oh yes, the nerd herd. I started playing the bass clarinet in 4th grade and was hooked. Along with bass clarinet, I played piano, guitar, tenor saxophone, and the alto clarinet and contrabass clarinet. Not sticking with music in some capacity after high school is probably one of my biggest regrets. I loved being a part of wind ensemble, the high school musicals, and show choir. My favorite musical memory was playing Brooke Windham for my high school’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical. Brooke is the intense workout nut who secretly gets liposuction and is framed for killing her husband. I had to sing while doing pushups, jump roping, and wearing an orange jumpsuit, which is still in my closet at home.