In the 80s!

photo by Matt Cornelius
photo by Matt Cornelius

Golf is unlike any other sport I play. It's relaxing, yet so stressful at the same time. Golf requires more patience and time. When I first started, I was terrible. I could not even hit the ball. It took me at least 20 swings before I made contact with it. But once I did, I was hooked. It is the best feeling. 

Before golf season at Trinity Christian School starts, in the late summer or as soon as school starts, is the time we typically start practicing. However, I try to play as much as I can. I want to be the girl the coaches are telling their kids to beat. I do that in every sport I play. 

Last year was completely different. I realized going to practice was going to be difficult because it was scheduled around the same time as softball practice, so, I would have to find time outside of practice to play. Most of the time I would drag my dad to the course with me to play. Other times, I would ask my papaw, the man who introduced me to the game, to give me pointers and help me practice. I even talked my friend, Addison, into being my caddy for the day. 

Truth be told, I hated golf when I first started playing, but it quickly grew on me, and I have learned to love it. 

During the 2020-2021 school year, many of our tournaments were cancelled because of COVID-19. However, in one tournament, I received first place! I not only beat the girls, I beat all the boys too. I was in disbelief. The first five holes I played were the best five holes of golf I had ever played. However, it soon started going downhill. I was letting my nerves catch up with me. I wanted to do so good that it was making my golf game fall apart. I quickly gathered myself together and ended up taking home a win. 

When it was time for us to go to state, I was so nervous. I knew in order to win, I had to really come to play. While warming up I watched the rest of the girls. I noticed they all looked just about as nervous as me, which made me feel slightly less nervous. I also noticed they were girls I could compete against. During the beginning of the tournament, I played decently, but not as good as I intended. However, I was somehow still ahead of my group. As we continued, we got to a par five. It was probably one of the hardest holes I had ever seen. It dog legged to the right and if you went right you were in the water and if you went left you were either in the trees or rolling down a steep hill into the water. The only safe route was right in front of the green. I went to tee off and the shot was right where I wanted to go. I ended that hole on a bogey. The rest of the day was full of good holes and bad. When we finished, I was the in first group to get done, so, I had to wait for the rest of the girls to finish. It was so stressful. As I watched scores being placed on the board, I kept noticing they were in the 90s and I was sitting in the 80s. When all the scores came in, I had won! I was in disbelief and shock. I never expected to win or even come close to winning. Despite a strange and stressful year, the hard work paid off and it all became a dream come true.

photo by Matt Cornelius

 

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