by Brenna Flanigan
& Anne Rand
Roberson’s golf competition has been seeing more than double this year when TC arrives at a match. That’s because the girls’ golf team has gained six new golfers this year for a total of nine players on the season.
This growth has created a much different experience for the returning members who had been used to having only three or four players in recent years.
“I really enjoy the team this year, and I wish I would’ve joined the golf team at the beginning of my freshman year,” senior and first-year member Jennie Chang said. She said that she decided to try out for the team after eing surrounded by golf all her life.
Since there is no official golf course at Roberson, the team has to travel to either Broadmoor Golf Club in Arden or Asheville Municipal for practice.
“I like having practice at more courses because it gives us more experience,” junior Lexis Warren said. Warren has been playing the sport for almost 10 years and is currently no. 3 on the team.
In addition to traveling 15-20 minutes to practice, the team usually has two matches a week where they play multiple schools at one time. Because of the limited number of courses in the area, the team typically travels between 30-45 minutes to each match.
According to art teacher Nerina Patane, having golfers leave early hasn’t created any major issues.
“It’s not a problem. Lexis is a good student and she always gets her work done when she leaves early,” Patane said.
In addition to practice and matches, this is the third year the team has been helping with the Rams’ Club Golf Classic, a fundraiser held at the Etowah Valley Country Club to raise money for Roberson athletic teams. This year’s classic will be held on Sept. 20.
The fundraiser brought in over $15,000 last year and hopes to raise even more this year.
“Last year it was a lot of fun to support the Rams. Everyone was really happy with the outcome,” senior Samm Lanier said.