Growing up as the youngest of three in a blended family of two educators provided a large part of the foundation for my beliefs and my character. Throughout my life, my brother, sister and I were very connected to our community through the many activities we participated in, but also because both of my parents were teachers in our town. Growing up, my mom always said “there are eyes everywhere, someone is always watching.” Our small midwestern town has always been a great supportive community and has provided me with many opportunities that have defined me as a person and as an athlete.
I began my athletic life at the age of four when I joined the gymnastics pre-team. Gymnastics has provided so much in teaching me teamwork, dedication, commitment, perseverance and hard work. All skills and traits that have been assets to me as I have developed as a golfer. From the time that I was very young, my dad has been a coach for several sports but primarily for the Girls Varsity Golf Team. Growing up, in and around the team, I was always enamored with the girls and worked hard to be one of the team. Although, for much of the time, I was looked at as the team mascot, I loved being at practice, playing some holes, cheering them on, and riding with the team in the homecoming parade. These teams taught me the value of working together and showed me that even though golf is an individual sport, each shot and each person's game has a huge impact on the team.
Over the past three years playing on the Varsity Golf Team, I have seen my average drop approx. 10 strokes per season and I am just under that pace for this season as well. I am beginning to see my 18 hole scores break 80 and my 9 hole break 40. Currently strengths are off the tee with my driving distance and accuracy. I have seen significant growth around the greens as well. I know that I have room to continue to grow and am pleased to continue to see my scores drop as I further work to fine tune my putting and wedge shots. I am confident that my junior season will be strong and look forward to more growth next spring as I work into and through my senior year.
I have yet to play a season where I did not improve. I am incredibly strong in my ability to take coaching and to make fine tune adjustments in my swing. I know that as I look to move on in my career this skill will continue to serve me well and lead me to success on the course.