After competing in a couple college-level golf tournaments, it didn’t take long for Savannah Quick to realize that she needed to make some adjustments to her golf game.
The 2017 Coffee County Central High School Graduate spent much of her freshman season at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro making swing adjustments to account for the longer courses. And it started to pay dividends rather quickly.
“The average length on a high school (course) is about 5,700 yards. But in college, it is easily 6,100 to 6,300 yards,” explained Quick, who helped lead the Coffee County Lady Raiders to the TSSAA State Tour-nament during her senior season in 2016. “So many of the holes are longer so you have to get more con-sistent with your longer clubs or hit the ball further.”
Quick opted to pursue the latter option – trying to get more distance out of her shots. She began making adjustments to her swing in November and was able to shoot her lowest round of the season during her second tournament of the spring portion of the season, a 73 at the Augusta Invitational in March.
“I thought that was definitely a step in the right direction,” she said. “I continue working on what I started on last November and I’ve been playing better since then.
“I’m trying to gain power by turning through the ball.”
Quick explained that she wasn’t forced to change her swing. And getting more distance wasn’t a requirement. But she knew to take her game to the next level, making swing adjustments was a process she needed to pursue.
“I knew if I wanted my game to progress to the next level then I needed to make it happen.”
Intense schedule (continue reading below ad)
There are obvious differences between high school and college - from curriculum to scheduling. But ath-letes are subjected to even more intense changes from their high school days.
“I have class from 8 a.m. until about 11:15 a.m., then after that I practice from 1:30 p.m. to about 5 p.m. After that I have study hall from 7 (p.m.) until whenever I get my work done,” explained Quick, who is majoring in leisure sports and tourism. “Then it’s the same thing all over again the next day.”
The length of the season is structured differently, as well. High school golf in Tennessee begins in July and wraps up in early October with the state championships for teams who qualify to go that far. In college, tournaments begin in September and run through late October. Then there is a break before tournaments resume in March and run through late April.
“It makes for a long season. But I really enjoy it. I feel like I have a great bond with my teammates – we are together all the time.”
As far as her future – Quick isn’t completely certain on her plans. However, it is no surprise that she hopes to do something involving golf.
“I would like to coach at the college level or work for a golf tour. Something like that would be great.”