Farragut Middle School girls golf team learns sport while winning


Knoxville, TN. (WATE) – Golf’s always fun, when you’re winning. But anyone who’s ever swung a club knows success on the course can be fleeting.

“You hit one good shot and you think you’re great,” says Ria Padhye, co-captain of the Farragut Middle School girls golf team. “And then everything goes downhill from there.”

But things haven’t rolled down the slope for the Admirals. Quite the opposite actually. With just one loss in nearly two full seasons, the middle school team has found triump through repetition.

“We’ve got a good group of girls that work hard at it,” says head coach Dave Codling.

Under his watchful eye, the seven middle scholers have learned golf and patience go hand in hand.

“He always tells us to think of the glass as half full, instead of half empty,” says co-captain Riley Lydon.

“If we win, that’s great,” says Codling. “But as long as they’re learning, and improving, that’s what matters to me.”

“I think it teaches me that I just need to leave stuff in the past,” says seventh grader Marianna Hurley. “Worry about the future more.”

And if they can teach their parents a thing or two, all the better.

“My dad is not very good at coaching me,” says Hurley. “He tells me stuff, and then I realize it’s totally wrong. And then he improves by me telling him.”

So they’ve got a head start on becoming golf instructors. More than a few strokes up on big dreams, too.

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