Staying on course not easy in golf

Golf presents a unique set of challenges to an athlete, especially because the courses don’t all play the same and certainly aren’t set up the same way.

Most of Navarre’s golfers have played the local courses before and their familiarity with them is vital to their success during the season.

“I’ve played most of the courses around here three or four times,” Navarre senior Aaron Grimes said. “Knowing where to miss helps a lot. Missing on holes in the wrong spot can be the difference between a par and a bogey.”

Navarre junior Sultanna Pohlman had similar thoughts on her approach to a competition.

“You have to keep everything in mind, the trees, water, the traps, and hope that you can avoid them,” Pohlman said. “You also have to make sure you pick the right club.”

Practice only goes so far in terms of preparing a golfer for competition. Coaches also speak to golfers before a match to give them a few pointers.

“When we play an 18-hole tournament, I’ll maybe talk about holes that have water and how to approach that,” Navarre head girls golf coach Luticia Boozer said. “But it really depends on the individual player and how they handle the challenges on the course.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 27 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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