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First Year Golfer, Last Year Crusader

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First Year Golfer, Last Year Crusader

Jenna Thompson, Staff Writer

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My senior year has been a year of new and sometimes uncomfortable experiences. I’ve had to apply for scholarships, think about college and moving out next year, and just because that wasn’t enough, I decided to pick up a new sport. What better sport for me to join than Lincoln Christian’s girl’s golf team for its second season of competition? 

I inherited some golf clubs from my grandparents, but as I soon found out, I did not inherit the skill. My patient coaches Lisa, Mr. Grothaus, and Coach Kraw taught me a lot about how to hit the ball, the effect each club has on the ball, and all the rules of golf. (There are a lot.)  

 

The thing that surprised me the most about golf is the amount of strength required to drive the ball. They make it look so simple and graceful on TV, but in actuality it requires a lot of practice. The one good thing about driving is being able to use the cute little golf tees that female golfers always stick in the gathering of their pony tails. I was pleasantly surprised when I golfed with two girls who matched the color of the ball to the color of their tees, but I have a feeling that’s something that differs from boy’s golf. 

The community of the golf team was wonderful. The girls were all very supportive and patient, and they were eager to help each other get better. We would hang out on the weekends sometimes, and our practices were always filled with funny stories and the occasional levitation  demonstration. The best thing about my experience was some of the friendships I made with underclassmen I don’t have classes with. 

Lesson learned: trying something new usually pays off. 

 

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