2020 has been quite an experience, to say the least, but I wouldn’t want to go through this pandemic with anyone other than the Valpo Women’s Golf Team and the friends I’ve made since I’ve been here. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing group of student-athletes. As a freshman, I wasn’t sure what to expect but this fall has exceeded my expectations. The whole team has been very supportive, inclusive, and accepting. I love the feeling of family within the entire golf program at Valpo, which includes the men’s team.
We were only able to compete in two events this fall, but fortunately, we were able to practice six days a week since golf is a naturally socially distanced sport. Even though we didn’t get to compete against other teams as we typically would in other years past, our coach set up fun drills/competitions that my teammates and I were able to take advantage of. We grew closer as a team and I believe we have a bond that will never be broken. I also think the university did an amazing job of not only making sure we had workouts but keeping us safe as well. They provided us with workout equipment to use while we were socially distanced on Brown Field this fall so that we could continue to gain strength and agility during the pandemic.
I have had the unfortunate experience of being quarantined while on campus after I was exposed to the virus (thankfully I tested negative), but I love the support I received from my teammates through text message, facetime calls, and waves/visits through my window at Alumni. Many played my sticky note version of tic-tac-toe and I realize that, like my golf game, I need to continue to brush up on my skills.
Not only has the golf team been supportive, but I’ve also been blessed by my roommate Mia and several of my friends here at Valpo supporting me through my quarantine. The culture and support system at Valpo is unparalleled. I got to meet so many new students through friendly waves and also through the tic-tac-toe game on my window. Valpo students went out of their way to make my day. I know that in my short time on campus, I have already made lifelong friendships.
Our coach encouraged us to stay safe and work hard. Through adversity, greatness rises. Coach McCoy has been instrumental in giving me great guidance, not only on the golf course but on how to handle college and life as well. She has taught me drills that I can do while socially distanced which will help me continue to become a better golfer. I am grateful to have such a supportive coach and mentor. We are all extremely appreciative of Sand Creek allowing us to use their facilities.
I pray that God eliminates the virus and the threats that go along with it. I pray that our team will be able to participate and travel in the spring season. I am part of a team that not only has amazing people but amazing golfers as well. I look forward to our future, I know it’s bright.