Many have tried and almost all have experienced the frustrations of golf. Except Hollee Sadler.
The Central High School sophomore may have had a few struggles. But after only playing golf for one year, Sadler is about as close to on top of her game than a sophomore in high school can be. Sadler put together an 84 in the TSSAA regional tournament last week and qualified for the TSSAA State Golf Championships this week at WillowBrook Golf Course.
“I just started playing golf last year,” said Sadler, a lefty who grew up playing softball and basketball. “I had knee surgery and couldn’t do anything during the summer so my dad was like here are some clubs now go hit.”
And while the story may not be complete, the rest, as they say, is history.
Sadler worked with WillowBrook golf pro Barry Bishop and turned her beginner’s sport into an occupation at times, spending hours at the course. At her first competitive tournament she pieced together an 80 – 8-over par.
“When she played that first tournament and she comes in at the end and she is not excited. She said, ‘I left a shot here, missed a putt here,’” explained CHS golf coach Mike Ray, “and I asked her what she shot and she said 80. My jaw dropped. I think at that point she realized what she could be competitive in this.”
Sadler starts her run at the AAA state title Tuesday at 9:50 a.m. on the No. 10 hole at WillowBrook, her home course. Follow her progress live here.
But an early indication before her practice round Monday morning shows Sadler isn’t nervous. Being at home helps that.
“I don’t really get nervous,” she said. “I may get up there and be nervous but when I feel that way I just shake it off because I got to get out there and do it.
“What could make me nervous is putting but I really like this course. I feel like I can get on the green fine and I’m comfortable putting here more than anywhere else.”
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