If there is a renaissance golfer among the ranks of Canada’s talented female players, it’s Selena Costabile. She speaks five languages (she’s currently adding Korean to the list) and is a classically trained pianist, having completed all levels at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. A Queen’s University student, she’s taking online courses to allow her to pursue her golf career – a [EB1] career that has been catapulted ahead by the DCM Power Up Bursary.
“It’s common knowledge that being a young pro is an expensive journey,” she says in her application to DCM. “The bursary would make such a difference in the opportunity it would provide.”
Costabile is making that journey – and the Power Up Bursary is indeed making a difference. Established in 2018, this annual award significantly boosts the careers of promising female golfers through financial assistance; increased player visibility; training and skill development; sponsorship coaching; and marketing and PR training. Driven by DCM’s commitment to support women’s professional development, the Bursary gives Canadian female golfers who are on the brink of LPGA Tour status greater opportunities to achieve success.
Costabile has also participated in the DCM PGA Women’s Championship of Canada. First established in 1987, the Championship has played host to some of golf’s most talented female players, including Lorie Kane, Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp, Cathy Sherk, Gail Graham, Nancy Harvey, and Jessica Shepley. DCM become the lead sponsor of this landmark women’s golf event in 2017.
Costabile worked with club pros throughout her teens, and upon graduating from high school in 2016, was offered impressive golf scholarships from several U.S. colleges, including Duke University and the University of Michigan. However, she also wanted to focus on her education, so she opted to take a distance-learning program through Queen’s University. With all the course material online, she can pursue her degree in Global Development while working around her training schedule.
Thanks to her incredible drive and ambition, Costabile’s game continues to improve. She won a pro event in 2017 and later that year was chosen as a first alternate for the U.S. Women’s Open. It was then that she decided to turn pro. She now rents a home in Florida during the winter to give her more time on the green.
Costabile is keen not only to play, but also to “show future young professionals that determination and perseverance truly lead to success”.
Congratulations Selena – we look forward to following your progress as we support the best of the best in women’s golf.
See all the scores from the 2018 DCM PGA Women’s Championship.
Selena’s championship highlights:
DCM PGA Women's Championship of Canada – T11
Seaforth Country Classic – 1st
Symetra Tour Member
National Women’s Golf Association (NWGA) event at Dubsdread Golf Course – 1st
1st alternate for the U.S. Women's Open
Annika Invitational – T2
American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event – 1st
Manulife LPGA Classic – sponsor's exemption
Several top-5 finishes as a junior
Participated on U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women's Amateur teams
Member of Team Canada in World Junior Girls Championship
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