My Girls are going to College

December 21st, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments

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few weeks ago, four of my former golf students met up with me at A&F Golf. It was a reunion of sorts back at the place where they all first met. Anna Buchannan, Crocket Floyd, and Mckenzie Hedrick were three of my first players when I started the junior golf program; a few years later, Ansley Brock joined them. Together, they learned the rules of the game, practiced their putting, developed their swing and, most importantly, they had fun. Over the years, I have watched each of them get better and better. They have all progressed from playing a few holes at Lane Creek on Monday nights to junior golf tournaments around the state and country, and then to playing for their high school teams. Their tournament wins and accomplishments are too many to list, but they are not finished yet. They have all accepted scholarships to play in college, which has been a goal each of them have been working toward for many years.

After playing against each other on different high school teams, Anna Buchannan and Crocket Floyd are going to be teammates at Stamford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Mckenzie Hedrick will be heading north to play for the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Ansley Brock is looking forward to playing for North Greenville University in South Carolina.

I’m very proud of all four girls. It’s fun to see them go from seven-year-old little linkster classes to being collegiate golfers. I don’t want to take any credit for their golf games. They did it on their own. But I know I introduced it to them, gave them some fundamentals and, most importantly, passed along a passion for the game. That makes me very happy.  They have proven to me that with passion and hard work, anything can be accomplished.

The program at A&F has come full circle now, with them coming back to help teach the little kids in summer camps. They realize the importance in giving back and being good role models for young players. I love hearing them teach the kids using the same language and techniques I used on them when they were little (“cheese pizza”).  I’ve told them they have to come back and teach clinics when they’re not at college.

There will be more female golf scholarship recipients coming out of Oconee County in the future. There are already quite a few girls coming down the pipe who want to be the next Crockett Floyd, Anna Buchanan, Mckenzie Hedrick, or Ansley Brock. These four girls, though, will always share a unique bond and a special place in my heart.

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