COLUMN: Hackers take note: everyone starts golfing somewhere

Saturday, June 1, 2013

I recently graduated from Cloverdale High School where I played golf throughout my four years there. When I decided to begin playing my freshman year, I went to the course to try and hack it around a little bit with my dad and it kinda worked out for me.

(Editors note: She is being modest: She qualified for regionals three times, finished 22nd at state finals as a senior and accepted an offer to golf at a Division I university)

Since it is, in fact, only my fourth year playing, some may still consider me a "beginner," which I am, but only in the essence of years of experience.

Understanding of the game, course knowledge, and obviously hitting a ball I have caught onto pretty quickly, but the lack of experience is what I'm missing in order to tie all of these small skills together all the time.

Next year I will be attending Valparaiso University to play for their women's golf team, so this summer I will be working a lot on my own game to try and build my experience level in order to be prepared for next year.

In this column, I will be trying to cover all sorts of things--golf related of course--and relay them to people who may be avid golfers just looking for a few tips or people who have a set of dusty, old clubs just sitting in the garage.

I will try to go through some local courses and maybe give tips on how to play my favorite and least favorite holes.

Some articles may have putting or chipping tips and some might have tips for the driver and irons; more than likely I will give tips on the part of my game that I am working on by writing down step-by-step what I am trying to do in my swing and whether or not it works--which isn't always the case but hey, maybe some people can benefit from things that didn't go over well for me.

I will also cover what is going on in the professional golf world and voice my opinions on different headlining topics whether it be player scandals or some decision the USGA is trying to make.

At some point I am hoping to be able to do a little bit of a question and answer for this column (submit questions to To do this would be great because there isn't a problem that one person has that someone else isn't also experiencing or has experienced at some point in their golf career.

The best part about golf, you can play when you are 4 or 84; it's an ageless sport. It is a sport that can be played leisurely or competitively, making it available to many people. It's also one of the few things in life that when something goes wrong, it will make a person want to come back even more and I love that.

Currently, I am struggling a bit in my own game and about to head out to the range to work on a few things.

Hopefully one of my drills work so I can use that at some point to help someone else or maybe even write about next time.

Until then, clean those clubs off that have been waiting for you in the garage and head out to the course. If you go out and have the round of your life, great! If not, well they say that golf is one of those things that you can be absolutely terrible at and still enjoy.

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  • Looking forward to following Sydney on the course and in future articles:-)

    -- Posted by vwhitaker11 on Sat, Jun 1, 2013, at 1:05 PM
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