So golf isn’t a sport?….

As a competitive golfer, I have unfortunately heard the words, “golf isn’t a sport,” too many times to count.  I have also been questioned why golfers work out and what workouts could possibly consist of.

So I leave you with these 10 things to consider…

1. Have you ever walked 36 holes in one day carrying your golf bag of 14 clubs?

2. How about just 18? On a sunny August day when it’s 100 degrees and it’s a hilly course.

3. If being strong makes you hit the ball further, how would working out not help?

4. How many hours can you focus on a task? A basketball, football or baseball game lasts an estimated 3 hours.  Well golf, a round is fast if it’s finished in 4 hours.  And a 36 hole college tournament? Easily 9 hours competing.

5. You have to play in all types of weather elements. It might be 35 degrees when you tee off at 8 a.m.  Bring on the pants, ear muffs, jackets and hand warmers.  Then, by 1 p.m. be 70 degrees.  Time to undress! Or, a shower might pass by and you have to haul out your umbrella, rain gloves, jacket, rain pants and rain cover for your bag.

6. You have to be good at math.  5 yards into the wind.  10 yards uphill.  20 yards in front of the 150 yrd marker.  Pin is -8 from center.  What club do you hit?

7. Have you ever counted every shot you hit? And that includes following the rules and taking proper drops from water hazards and out-of-bounds. Now what did you shoot?

8. There’s 14 clubs in  your bag, and the best players in the world could hit any of them for any shot.

9. There’s so many aspects to practice…chipping, putting, pitching, driving, irons, sand shots, fairway bunkers, bad lies, punch shots, flop shots, low irons, high irons, woods, short putts, lag putts…the list goes on and on.  There’s just not enough time in the day!

10. You get to playing good, then you hit a bad shot.  You step up to a hole with a water hazard all along the right hand side and you’ve been slicing it all day.  You are 3-under par and just want to break 70.  It’s all mental.  And it’s been proven that golf is one of the more mentally challenging sports.

So, the next time you’re wondering if golf is a sport, go out there and try to play competitively.  I guarantee you, it won’t be as easy as you thought.

“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer

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From Teammates to Family

Everyone who goes off to college is told they will create a home away from home at school.  The people they meet will become their family.  They’ll start a whole new life.

In high school I never thought about the importance of the people that I’d meet once I got to K-State.  I knew I’d be spending a lot of time with my teammates and they’d be my closest friends.  But I never realized the significance of the idea that they’d literally become my family.

When you’re on a Division I golf team, you see your teammates every day.  You spend hours at the golf course together, rain or shine, hot or cold.  Snow or ice.

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You challenge each other. You workout, and push each other to get stronger.

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You are forced to spend 10 hours straight driving from Dallas to Manhattan squeezed in the back of a car.

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You get the chance to travel to places you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

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And with all the time you spend focused and serious, there are also plenty of laughs.  Plenty of them.

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But at the end of the day, you realize you truly are a family.  A group of people that have different backgrounds but are coming together with a common goal.  Everything’s not perfect 100% of the time, but you make it work, just like a family.

At the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier to have these group of girls in my life.

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A very wise family friend once told me that college golf would be the best four years of my life: “it’s the best vacation you’ll ever have,” he said, playing golf, traveling all expenses paid, and most importantly, being with your very best friends.