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A Golfer’s Life – story on Nikamarie Fernandez

Taylor Wilkinson, RHS Sports Reporter

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   When people think of golf, they think of mini golf or hitting a golf ball with a club. Nikamarie says that golf is far more technical and highly underrated. With time, people are finding that golf is a strategic sport that takes real skill. Fernandez says that the team started out with eight golfers, and is only growing from there.

    Regarding pre-game rituals, Nikamarie starts out by practicing with the easiest club, the lightest iron and works her way up to the driver. They usually practice at Rancho, but Nikamarie’s favorite golf range is the Paradise, as it is different than Rancho. Nikamarie only started playing golf recently. She was still able to earn a spot for varsity and has the privilege of actually playing in the matches. Before each of those matches, the team hypes each other up and prepare to play against their opponents. The players have confidence in each other that they will all try their best. Nikamarie claims that there are a variety of new people on the team, but the original players treat them as a family.

    Nikamarie is also playing badminton in the Spring, as well as participating in the marching band… so time management is really important when it comes to handling AP classes and other activities. She is willing to give up her free time to do those various things, but the tournaments do teach her to stay on top of her classes. Nikamarie sacrifices not only free time but also leaves early from school and sacrifices the time spent in the band.

   Though she may encounter challenges throughout the season, her team is always supportive of boosting her confidence. Nikamarie says, “I’m an aggressive person, so it is fun to compete in the matches.” With playing golf, one has the ability to gain self-confidence and one can only get better!

 

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