Tze-Han (Heather) Lin

A leader on the UO women's golf team, Tze-Han tells us about her experience coming to the U.S., her love of poke bowls and football, and her aspirations for the future.

What has Title IX allowed you to accomplish?

For me, coming from Taiwan, we don’t have anything that’s similar to NCAA for women’s sports. So, that provided me the opportunity to come play college golf for the University of Oregon and also receive scholarships as much as the men’s sports do. So, I think that’s been very, very helpful for my, life and career as a whole.

How has Women In Flight given you a more fulfilling experience as a student-athlete? 

It has given me so much more experience outside of my sport. For example, we were in Hawaii this fall and, because of Women In Flight, we were able to go on a boat to enjoy the sunset, and then we went whale watching, and all of that was because of Women In Flight. It was such an amazing experience, and it really makes my college career even greater. 

Can you speak to the importance of doing things like that with your team?

Yeah! I think with those activities we were able to have more team bonding experiences. Especially for golfers, it’s such an individual sport. But, throughout those activities, we’re able to get to know each other better and also experience different cultures when we traveled to different states.

What’s something you’re passionate about outside of athletics?

I’m passionate about a lot of things. I’m a huge fan of any kind of sports, especially tennis or football. And I enjoy cooking a lot. I’m a huge foodie. And I also love Marine animals very much and climate conservation and all that.

What’s your major? 

I’m a biology major. I would’ve loved to do Marine biology, but because of the requirements, it can’t fit in line with the golf schedule. 

What made you get interested in Biology and Marine Biology? 

I just love, love animals. And also, I am just really concerned about the earth, and climate change issues and all of that.

What’s one of your favorite food items you’ve made?

It’s hard to pick. I have a lot of favorite foods that I like to make. I will say, I really enjoy making poke bowls with my roommates these days, it’s something that’s hard to get from the outside, but it’s pretty easy to make at home.

Who or what got you into sports?

I would say my dad got me into golf when I was 10-years-old.

Can you talk about why you like golf?

I just love competitive sports, and I think golf has taught me so much in life. Cause it’s a lot of technique, but also a lot of mental. You’re just out there on your own, and it really teaches you as a person. 

What is your biggest or proudest accomplishment? 

I would say being a student-athlete at the University of Oregon, being a duck, especially at this moment. It’s everything, like women’s basketball is doing so well, and football is doing really well. So, I think it’s just great timing to be a duck!

How has bonding with your team helped your transition from Taiwan to Oregon, and what obstacles have you faced coming here? 

Yeah, because golf is really big in the United States. So I was hoping that I could utilize the college experience to kind of get me used to the American culture and the living style here. And I think overall, it has been very helpful for me, and I actually really like it here. So, this college is kind of like an experience before I go into the real world and play professional golf here in the future. And also, our team is such a diverse group of people. We came from all over the country, from Europe, Asia. So yeah, that really taught me a lot. 

What’s the biggest thing that surprised you about the United States so far?

There’s a lot. I feel like just the freedom in general, like people have the freedom of speech to say whatever they want it. Dream, whatever they are. And they do believe like they can accomplish whatever they believe they will. And, I think that’s a big part in Asia that needs to be taught, you know, cause of the cultural difference and we don’t really have the opportunity. It’s the same as equality between men’s and women’s sports. I feel like I have more opportunity here in the US than if I was back home in Taiwan.