When the spring sports schedule gets posted each year, many students head straight to lacrosse, volleyball, baseball, or track. Many tend to overlook the smaller sports included in this bunch, including swim, tennis, stunt cheer, and especially golf. This year, there is only a varsity golf team, consisting of 15 people, which is small accounting to most teams with a junior varsity alongside the main varsity team with over 16 on both.
The real question is in plain sight for many this season, how come no one seems interested in golf except the older generations? Freshman Oliver Wise, a golf enthusiast, notices the divide between generation’s love of the sport, “…since it doesn’t take as much energy.. Golf is a lot slower and more lenient… “
This simple sport seems to have a larger connection with those society deems a ‘senior’. BayadaBlog mentions the benefits of playing golf at an older age, saying, “The average golfer walks 4 miles during 18 holes [a regular game of golf].” They also include benefits with social and mental states of a person, but they article revolves around mainly elderly and seniors.
Brayden Chestnut, a freshman playing on the varsity golf team this year, also makes the connection with the unpopularity of golf and age, “….it’s more of a mental game, not a physical game and can frustrate a lot of people easily…” Golf is seen as an etiquette sport, with implied rules that every player needs to know, including silence on the course when someone is playing a hole. The sport is a strategy sport, using concentration and skill as its main principles, unlike football or basketball, which need fast moving players and muscle to play. Wise adds on, “…it stems from the idea that golf is not a sport…. There’s not a lot of manual exercise rooted in the sport… there’s a lot of high skill and training needed…”