LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Member Highlight: Dani Swaggerty, Day 5

What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to your next chapter in life—becoming a college student?

Girls Golf has truly helped unlock my true potential on the golf course and in the community and has morphed me into my new chapter of playing college golf. And to earn a scholarship to pay for college, better yet! To say the least, I’m excited to move to Florida and be able to play golf every day, but I have to learn the bermuda greens, and the Florida wind, and my mom will always remind me to wear sunscreen!

Thanks to social media, I’ve been in touch with my new teammates and looking forward to living in the team apartment and expanding the golf family. I’m also grateful to be learning from Coach Anne Gannon. She played golf collegiately and professionally and our assistant coach, Margaret Lazarus also played college women’s sports and managed several women’s sport teams throughout her career. More Wonder Women in my life is always a welcome addition as I embrace more confidence in my game and in myself.

And of course, I’m looking forward to earning my degree with my superpowers of math and art and further discovering my determination and potential. Since Eastern Florida State is NJCAA, I’ll have to transfer after earning my associate degree. I don’t have an answer to that “what” yet, but do know that my interests and talents will lead me into my career. Right now I’m leaning biomechanical engineering or robotics or maybe visual arts/animation. Ultimately I would love to design prosthetics and use golf as an avenue to work with challenged individuals. I hope to find balance with all that while enjoying the journey. I don’t want to look too far into the future, but if you put in the effort, opportunity will be there. You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.

AND, I’m looking forward to playing up the road at LPGA International in our first tournament this fall!! See you soon!

Looking in the rear view mirror from time to time is a good reminder to see how far we’ve come. I remember in eighth grade my mom made me go visit the high school coach where I was transferring to be part of the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. One of my questions was what scoring is expected for high school girls golf. When Coach O’Dell told me that bogey golf is expected, my jaw dropped. As he gave me a high five at the region tournament when I shot 76, we had a good laugh at our very first visit. Bogies to birdies was always the goal and like golf, as long as you are moving forward, it’s all good. Another measure of growth have been my clubs. I’m in the process of being fitted for new clubs, going from senior flex to regular. I started using my mom’s 25-year-old ladies clubs and she always told me that if I invested, she would invest. Fun to think of the plastic clubs my uncle gave me when I was three to what I’m using now at 18 and headed to college.

I am just so grateful for the empowerment I’ve learned through Girls Golf and the inspiration to dream BIG! We participate a lot with the dream board activity and mine used to say “I want to sign a national letter of intent to play college golf.” Now I can say “I did.” I’m working on my next dream board, but I will always have one that says “Make a solid impact… with my driver and in life.”

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