Though the words “golf team” may seem ironic together, the girls’ golf team is the definition of a tight-knit community. As a relatively small, sadly unknown team, every player has the opportunity to get to know each other and adopt a unique role on the team.
Junior Nikola Barkwell has adopted the role of co-captain this year. “I am the person that goes between students and the coaches to make sure everyone is heard and provide insight into possible activities,” she said.
In contrast, senior Kishori Patel is new to the sport. She doesn’t lead as much, but instead uses training times “to watch my other teammates.”
The team practices at both Somerset and Highland golf courses to get a sense of what different courses could look like.
Even though golf is a largely individual sport, the culture of the team is very communal. “We work together very well as we all practice together and mix up the groups so everyone gets to know each other,” Barkwell said.
Patel agrees- she has felt the team develop a sense of belonging. “I think our team is good at helping each other out and supporting each of our own efforts to improve,” she said.