Today is the first day of off-season for the SMU Mustangs. Beginning today, there aren't any daily practices, morning workouts or team meetings. The girls will have more time to study, sleep, socialize and be students. The coaches will have time to catch up with paperwork, communicate with recruits and prepare to be better in 2012-13. It should be a day to take a deep sigh and relax a little, but instead, I, for one, am a bit sad today.
College golf offers so much to all of us. First, it offers friendship. We really get to know one another in our daily activities and our travels and in that knowledge, we learn to love one another. We spend time talking, teasing, pouting, smiling, laughing, crying and just being together. We sweat at workouts and practice and lift each other up, only to walk to the first tee and work to beat each other. We learn the importance of our words and actions and how they in turn earn us trust and respect from one another. We come together as a team in a sport that from the outside looks as though it belongs to individuals.
College golf might seem like a vehicle to the tour or a way to earn a scholarship, but it is so much more. If you can play college golf, you will spend four years learning valuable lessons in work ethic, friendship, commitment, balance, leadership, and teamwork. As a bonus, you will have a blast!
|In honor of my seniors at SMU, Elizabeth Wells and Jennifer Hooper. We got a lot out of one year together!|