I didn't get involved with golf until 2014, my Freshman year of high school. Once I began playing, I fell in love with the challenges that golf presented. The biggest challenge on a golf course is mentality. As Sam Snead once said, "Of all the hazards, fear is the worst." I had never felt such nerves, fear, happiness, and embarrassment as I did both during and after my very first tournament, where I shot 128 over the course of 18 holes. After my first tournament, I was absolutely hooked. The thrill of self-improvement is what drove me to practice the game.
Living in Maine where the golf season is, at most, 7 months long, it posed as a challenge to get better since I was forced to put the clubs away for 5 months during the depths of the snowy winters. I began studying the game, watching all the professional tournaments, and wanted so desperately to get better; So I did. As winter turned to spring, I started putting in the time, not where it was fun (obliterating drives), but where I needed work (the dreaded short game). The more I learned, the more I loved about the game. Luckily I can say I haven't shot 128 since my very first tournament, in fact, I shot a personal best tournament score of 76 during my last competition of the 2018 season. I am so thankful for golf, as it has helped mold me into the person I am today.