by Nicole Oh | Staff Writer
One of Whitworth’s golf players this year is freshman Amy Wagner from Portland, Oregon. Wagner attended Jesuit High School and previous achievements prior to coming in Whitworth include earning First Team All-State after finishing in 8th place at the 6A state tournament. In addition, she was named to the First Team All-Metro league her senior year, making her one of the best golfers in her school’s league. In Wagner’s most recent tournament, the Whitman Invitational, she individually came in 3rd place in a field of five schools from the Northwest conference.
When Wagner was a kid, her parents played golf. Soon she found herself falling in love with the sport as well. Wagner has played her entire life, however shedidn’t get serious until her freshman year of high school. Back home you can find her at the Portland Golf Club, one of her favorite places to play in addition to it being her home club. One of her favorite memories in her career so far is shooting a hole-in-one her sophomore year of high school.
“Staying focused and being in the moment is one of the hardest parts, and depending on the round, it can take up to five to six hours,” Wagner said. However one of the greatest parts of golf is “getting the opportunity to know everyone in your group. Walking from hole to hole in the fairways is a time where you get to be social,” she said.
Being part of the Whitworth golf team is a chancewhere everyone pushes each other to be the best they can be, Wagner said. On top of that you get to travel with good friends making great memories along the way.
Some personal goals of Wagner’s this season are to make first team all conference and advance to nationals, she said. One thing Wagner would want Whitworth students to know about golf, is that“In the spring we are going to host the conference championships, and things are looking really good for us this year.”
You can catch Wagner and the rest of the Pirates playing Oct.14 and 15 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks, Oregon at the NWC fall classic.