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IRGF Positive Input in My Life

“In about 3 weeks, I will be attending the University of Florida to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. I hope to achieve a master’s degree and possibly an MBA in business. In the future, I hope to work in biotechnology and design devices that improve the medical industry and provide a faster, easier treatment/delivery/solution to patients.

For one of my college applications, I wrote a short response about golf:

Sebastian River High School Varsity Golf, Co-captain (9, 10, 11, 12)
Golf is a passion, but it is not where my future lies, except for its pure lifetime enjoyment of the sport. I have been playing golf since 5th grade and I am blessed to live in a community that encourages youth golf participation regardless of skills or socioeconomic barriers. Golf is a continuous journey full of learning and discovery and epitomizes the ultimate challenges of life. It is a sport I consider almost impossible to master and improvement requires unwavering discipline and patience. I have never before encountered something so difficult that, even when I dedicated myself to it, I did not succeed. Perhaps this is why I chose golf because it does not come easily. My biggest challenge in playing golf has been not crumbling under golf’s many sudden shifts of the unexpected – a wayward tee shot into the woods, a duff into the water, a failed attempt at hitting out of a sand trap, a troublesome three-putt. There is no comfort zone. Thus golf has garnered my unwavering focus over the years, always striving for perfection, regardless of scores or the perception of others. The goal is to be my best every day. I’m proud to say that golf has taught me to embrace the unexpected and not stress over the little things. I’ve learned to approach each situation with self-assurance, welcoming the opportunity to learn. It is the culmination of shots that make up a good round. The game of golf has shown me how to befriend uncertainty to make me stronger, both as a golfer and as a person. That is why I look forward to taking it on every day of my life.

I would like to thank you and the Indian River Golf Foundation for all of your support and guidance
throughout these past eight years. Golf has become such an important part of my life that I will
continue in college.”

By Katelyn Wahl (2018)