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Norwell’s Megan Evans shoots from the rough on the 10th hole at the Timber Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon.

Feeling the pressure

A lot at stake for Norwell senior golfer

Norwell’s Megan Evans got her first set of golf clubs at 5 and by the age of 10 she was participating in the program at the Lifetime Sports Academy and earned more golf clubs. With age and maturity, her game has improved.

For the senior, the dream now becomes to own her own golf course. A reality check, though, might put an end to that.

“That dream has faded away this year because my cousin from Tennessee is doing that major now, and as I’ve talked to him about it, and I have learned it’s something I may not enjoy as much,” Evans said. “It may be something I switch back to once I get into college, I’m not sure yet.”

In the meantime, Evans is working at Timber Ridge in Bluffton and learning the business from owner Bruce Imel.

“It’s honestly one of the best jobs ever because while I’m working, if there isn’t a cart to clean or trash to take out, then (Imel) lets me go out and play or chip, and if I’m lucky he will give me some great pointers.”

Evans’ game has improved significantly under the tutorship of Homestead coach Michelle Swing (at Lifetime), Brookwood pro Mike Harris, Roger Lundy at Gongaware Golf Camp and Norwell coaches Jody Ault and Mike Niermeyer.

As a freshman, her average was 105; as a sophomore, 95; and last year as a junior, 88. After earning second-team All-NHC honors as a sophomore, she moved up to first-team status last season.

In a tournament earlier this season, she shot under-par for nine holes for the first time ever and shot a 79 for 18-holes.

Her scoring average this year is 83 for 18 and 39 for nine. The goal is to reach her first state finals.

“I work hard every day on the golf course, but I just wish it would show in the rounds of golf that really counts, like sectional and regional,” she said. “I have a lot of pressure riding on me from my teammates, being the No. 1 golfer and one of the seniors. I would love for my team to make it out to state and regionals, but my sole focus is myself and getting myself there. I put a lot of time and effort into it to make me the golfer I am today. I don’t just go to practice and go home, I go to practice then go out and practice a couple more hours afterward, then go to work (at Timber Ridge Golf Course).”

And Evans knows what is at stake for her final season of prep golf.

“It’ll be devastating if I have a bad day at sectionals or regionals knowing this has been my goal for years,” Evans said of making it to state. “It’s difficult trying to push everything aside during that round of golf knowing my senior year can be over in a blink of an eye.

“This year is the hardest yet because my scores just don’t seem to be showing my hours and hours that I’m spending every day on the golf course. I have a lot of support, though, helping me along the way.”

Whether or not the future includes college courses on golf course management, Evans said she does want play college golf, maybe at IPFW or Indiana Tech.

“I have worked too hard to not continue my golf onto college,” she said. “I know I need to keep up my studies in college, which could be a struggle with golf. Golfing in college, as I understand, is a big commitment, which only makes me want it more.”

gjones@jg.net

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