Ailsa Clark took a swing at the lofty goal of playing Division I golf four years ago.
The odds were stacked against the Navarre standout without question. After all, Clark started playing in the spring prior to her freshman year rather than before she was old enough to even start school, which is the way it is for many in her sport.
On Thursday afternoon at The Club at Hidden Creek, the course where she has spent countless hours honing her skills, Clark made her dream a reality, signing a national letter of intent with Florida Gulf Coast University.
“This was the goal since the beginning,” Clark said. “I wanted to get to the Division I level. With hard work and perseverance, I’ve gotten here.”
It was an emotional day for Clark, who fought back tears as she listened to her father, Daniel, talk about her journey to this point.
Clark thanked her parents and coaches for helping her make strides and is thrilled to know she will get an opportunity to continue playing golf.
“It feels amazing,” Clark said. “To know I did this, that I got to this level and achieved what I wanted to is the best feeling in the world.”
“It was very frustrating,” Clark said. “You try to hit the ball and it doesn’t go anywhere. But with practice and guidance, I was able to become a good golfer.”
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