|Total Rnds||AVG||18 BEST||36 BEST||54 BEST||72 BEST|
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|Madison Country Club||Madison||OH||-||-|
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My sophomore year golf season I had a severe knee injury. This injury had the power to make me stop playing the sport I love and it had the power to make me feel helpless for the next nine months. Just like many other nights I was playing in a golf match, one of our last matches before the postseason tournaments (these tournaments would determine our division ranking). I remember the moment I swung my pitching wedge and heard a pop in my left knee, trying to chip onto the green on hole 18. I knew something was wrong immediately but I finished that hole before I let myself begin to worry. Later, I was taken to my doctor and was told I would have to get an MRI done to see what was wrong. When the results came back, I found out I had deeply bruised my femur and tibia. I was also told I wouldn't be able to return to my golf season and my injury would take around 8-12 months to heal. This left me feeling hopeless and not sure how I could recover and gain my strength back.
After months of physical therapy and working out, my knee injury was healed and I could finally get back into the game again. Returning for junior year season I was ready to make a comeback. I began my season shakily, shooting an average of 60-65 strokes for every nine holes, but I continued to practice. By the end of the season, I achieved my goal of breaking 50 - shooting my personal best of 47 on nine holes and 95 on eighteen holes. I was also awarded with my three-year varsity letter, “team-first player” award, MVP and I placed fifth in the Chagrin Valley Conference. I feel very proud that I earned these honorable awards and I feel amazing knowing I overcame my sophomore year injury, coming back better than ever.
After this injury, I realized how much I love this sport and how it feels to not have it in my life. I love to compete, and being able to have that opportunity in college would be a blessing. I plan to continue to work hard through my senior year and get out on the course anytime I can. If I was to play in college, I would work hard on my school work but I would be willing to give up some of my study time to golf, given it makes me feel very happy and keeps me physically active. This is why I would love to continue playing competitively, and I hope that I could be given that chance.
While on the course, I work hard to ensure that my teammates are ready to play. Golf is a mentally challenging sport and I have worked hard to make sure that I keep my head in the game and stand as a role model for my fellow teammates. I hope they can look to me for support when they're feeling frustrated, or they at least know that it is normal to feel this way when your game is off. I also try to help them when I can. If they are struggling with something but my coaches are busy, I will try to help or encourage them.
I also work hard to be a leader in the classroom and in my everyday life. I have been selected by my teachers and peers to participate in ALPHA Project, PHS Student Culture Leadership Camp, Student Council, and Crew Club. Being selected to be a part of these activities is an honor. It shows that I display leadership, and my teachers trust me to represent our school. I take pride in being known as a scholarly student at our high school, and a goal of mine is to continue to hold the title of “natural born leader.” If you ask others to describe me, you would hear words such as confident, driven, inclusive, honest, friendly and respectful. The relationships I build upon mean a lot to me. I hope people can depend on me when they are in times of need. This is one of the reasons I am described as a natural leader. I have always had the desire to be a role model to others, and I always try to include everyone around me - even people I may be drastically different from - so anybody can feel they have a friend in me.
I have volunteered to participate in Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine - an unforgettable prom night experience, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. Also, I enjoy raising money for wonderful charities. I am an annual participant in the Heart Walk, which raises money for the American Heart Association, and I have also fund raised for the Wounded Warrior Project. Volunteering for such activities makes me feel I can make a difference and help those in need, hopefully making the world a better place.
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