Father and daughter bond over love of golf

It was a special Father's Day for a dad and daughter who have bonded over the game golf.

They are both pros and teach at a valley golf and country club.

Golf is a way of life for Ashley Malaskas.

As a kid, she grew up around the game, but didn't know she loved it until later in life.

"I was very heavily involved in sports, other sports though. I played soccer, I played softball. I never wanted to play golf, golf was weird to me," said Ashley. "It was a stupid game in a sense, it was something that my dad did for a living."

"She came to me and said, 'The tryouts are tomorrow, can you show me how to play?' She never even played nine holes," said Mike Malaskas, Ashley's dad.

Mike is a golf pro who competed in the PGA and was named the 2011 national teacher of the year.

Mike is an instructor at the Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club. His daughter, who never had herself, now teaches right by his side.

"Having her out here teaching is a benefit to me because she has the background that a lot of the teachers who work for me don't have," said Mike.

Ashley ended up playing in high school and for ASU. She went pro--just like dad.

"As I've gotten older, I've been able to understand how great my dad is as an instructor. You know, I was just a kid thinking, 'This is what my dad does.' I really had no idea how good he really is at what he does," said Ashley.

Ashley says her dad is the reason she started playing and still competes today. Following his footsteps is a privilege and honor.

"He's still playing at a very high level and that's something that I want to always do. I'll always compete even though it's not my top priority. It's definitely something that as an instructor, if you're trying to help someone play better golf, then if you can play good golf that helps you become more relatable to your student," said Ashley.

Mike has taught his daughter everything he knows with the hope she will be able to pass the lessons down to generations to come.
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