By Jonathon Schaffer
It is not an easy task to strike a ball that is a little larger than an inch and a half, with an area at the end of a long stick sometimes four inches (more or less), almost a quarter of a mile, with the goal of landing it into a hole that is approximately four and a half inches in diameter. All at the same time remembering to spread feet shoulder-width apart, add some knee flex, distribute weight equally towards the balls of the feet, head down, eye on ball….knowing people are carefully watching your every move. That is the game of competitive golf. It is more than just a casual stroll or leisure ride in the golf cart around a fairway…it is a mental sport that requires extreme focus at all times. However, Martin Luther King High School’s (King) Morgan Sjoerdsma, 11, seems to make it look easy.
Joining the varsity team her freshman year, she quickly moved up the ranks to the number one player on the team. This means by her sophomore year she was first to tee off at every match. This season, Sjoerdsma led her team to the VIII championship and finished 6th the Eastern California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) with a perfect 10-0 team record. “Golf has really taught me the importance of mental strength and positivity,” explained Sjoerdsma. “I’ve learned how to put my mistakes behind me and to focus at the task at hand.” Sjoerdsma is known for her athleticism as well as her academics. She also runs track in the spring and is able to maintain a 4.0 grade point average. Sjoerdsma is not fully committed to a golf career, but what she does know is that she wants the sport be a part of her for the rest of her life. “I will be playing this sport as much as I can for as long as I can.”