When Will I Get This?

by Abbey Algiers

When I’m feeling frustrated with my game, my mind floats back to my first year golfing, when my dad and I would spend hours at the range and around the green. I’d beg him to “really play golf.” meaning I wanted to play nine holes, or at least the practice course. But we didn’t even hit the practice course that first year, as my dad insisted we “start with the basics.” He told me that I needed to lay down the groundwork first. So, we started from scratch. Grip. Stance. Swing. Learn the clubs. Then we put it all together at the range and on the greens. Those range balls didn’t go far, and my chips were pathetic.

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Why Girls Playing Golf at a Young Age are Rockstars

By Abbey Algiers

When I was in high school and told adults that I was on the golf team, I always got the same reactions.  First, they’d be surprised. Golf? Really?  Then, they’d have one of two responses.  They’d either tell me that they golfed too (and look at me with approval), or they’d say they wished they had learned to play when they were younger (and look a little envious of me).  As a teenager, I never really “got” what the big deal was about golf, or why my being on the team seemed so unusual and heroic.  Yes, I knew golf wasn’t the mainstream choice for a girl’s sport, but I didn’t understand why adults thought it was so great.

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Spend Your Summer at the Golf Course!

By Abbey Algiers

That moment comes for everyone… the time when, as teenagers, we realize we need to get a job.  As the youngest in my family, I knew early on that I’d have to work as a teenager.  I’d seen my older sisters work at stores, pools, and golf courses. Their summer jobs always looked very fun to me, probably because they were working in the places they had been hanging out their entire lives.  Sure, maybe my sister was stuck inside a store all day—but she was in a fabric store where she could learn more about her passion for design.  My other sister loved to golf, and chose a job at the country club. Yes, she was inside waitressing, but she was in an environment where she felt at home. To this day, she still talks about the people she met and things she learned from golfers, co-workers, and country club managers.

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Why Golfers are Rockstars

By Abbey Algiers

 When I was in high school and told adults that I was on the golf team, I always got the same reactions.  First, they’d be surprised. Golf? Really?  Then, they’d have one of two responses.  They’d either tell me that they golfed too (and look at me with approval), or they’d say they wished they had learned to play when they were younger (and look a little envious of me).  As a teenager, I never really “got” what the big deal was about golf, or why my being on the team seemed so unusual and heroic.  Yes, I knew golf wasn’t the mainstream choice for a girl’s sport, but I didn’t understand why adults thought it was so great.

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Don’t Forget Your Short Game

by Abbey Algiers

I think we all can relate to the scenario of when a good hole goes bad. It begins with a fabulous drive that impresses everyone around the tee box. The second shot sails and lands less than 10 feet from the green, leaving just a chip and a putt. So far so good.

Sometimes though, even the best of us hit rough waters when we approach the green. That’s because greens are tricky. Greens require concentration and skill. It takes hours of chipping and putting to fine-tune our short games.

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Why Choose Golf?

by Abbey Algiers

With all of the options available for sports—soccer, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, ice skating, track, cross country—the question “why golf?” may surely come up as kids choose their activities. I know it did for me. As a high school freshman, I begged my dad to let me go out for the swim team instead of golf. I was looking for a “real sport” I told him.

My dad’s response went something like this: “You want to go out for a real sport like swimming? Really? What are you going to do with swimming in the future . . . go on a date with someone and say “hey, baby, let’s swim around this lake?’ No. You’re going to golf. You’re going to pick a lifetime sport.”

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The Truth About Golf

by Abbey Algiers

In today’s instant world, when you can send pics, videos, texts or money to a friend clear across the world in seconds, it’s sometimes hard to appreciate the things that don’t come quickly. It’s also difficult to grasp the concept of events being unpredictable. We want to know what we’re getting ourselves into and what we can expect from the activities we participate in. The truth of the matter is, there are certain things that just don’t have a quick fix or solution. Some things just don’t make sense. Learning to golf is one of these things.

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Practice…Practice…Practice!

by Abbey Algiers

Players of the 21st century seem destined to break through boundaries as never before. Prior to 1980, only one player, Al Geiberger, ever shot a tournament score of 59 (13 under par), and only a handful of others shot 60. With the new millennium came a couple of unofficial 58s. Annika Sorenstam, the only woman to have shot a tournament 59, had publicly declared her goal to shoot a 54; it has become her mantra and the mantra of many. It is quite obvious a new standard is being set.

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