FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Taylor Dixon, North Putnam
Taylor Dixon is a senior golfer at North Putnam. Last year, she was all-county and all-conference and qualified for the regional in the state tournament. She again earned all-conference honors on Saturday.
Banner Graphic: How long have you been playing golf?
Taylor Dixon: “My dad had me playing when I was really little, and I didn’t play for a few years. I then got serious about it when I got into high school.”
BG: What is the hardest part about golf?
TD: “The mental aspect is definitely the toughest part of golf. You have to brush it off if you hit a bad shot and go on to the next one. You can’t just throw your club and quit.”
BG: You sprained your ankle earlier this season. How has that affected your game?
TD: “I sprained my [left] ankle in practice, and it has hurt my drives because I can’t really get through on my finish. You have to put all your weight on your left foot. I’ve been working through that, and I’m starting to get back to normal.”
BG: Have you improved from last year?
TD: “I think so. This summer, I worked really hard to improve my game and I think I made a big improvement. I want to make all-county and all-conference this year, and advance out of the sectional.”
BG: What is your favorite school subject?
TD: “I like English and band. I like to do drumline, pep band and jazz band.”
BG: What are your plans after high school?
TD: “I’m definitely going to college, somewhere that I can play golf, but I’m not sure where yet. Finding a college with my major and where I can play golf is very important. I want to go into media or advertising.”
BG: What do you do that isn’t golf or school related?
TD: “I like watching Netflix and reading. I like watching fantasy and science fiction things like ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’. I like to read a lot of young adult fiction. I like mysteries and fantasy stories. I can play the ukulele. I ordered one online, and I taught myself from the Internet. It’s still a work in progress. I heard it was easier than a guitar, because it has fewer strings, but it’s tougher than I thought.”
BG: What is your greatest fear?
TD: “Snakes. I’ve never been bitten by one, but I just don’t like them.”
BG: What are your favorite and least favorite foods?
TD: “Pizza is my favorite. I don’t really have a least favorite.”
BG: What is something that you have never done before that you would like to do someday?
TD: “I would like to go to Europe and travel overseas. Different cultures are cool. Anywhere in Europe would be great. Maybe I could go play golf overseas. Scotland would be cool for that.”
BG: How has your time at North Putnam gone over the past four years?
TD: “It’s been a lot of fun from day one. I had a lot of good seniors that have helped me grow and help me become the senior that I am now. I started to enjoy golf more the past couple of years. This year, we have five freshmen on the team [she’s the only senior], and it’s been fun to try to conquer that leadership role. Coach [Linda] Patrick has had me helping them with their swings. I like doing that. It’s fun”