Discovering new methods to hit the hyperlinks, members of the ladies’s golf staff are nonetheless taking part in the game they love whereas attempting to take care of a connection as a staff.
“We’re actually lucky that golf is a comparatively socially distant sport,” stated captain Haley Baldwin ’22 in a telephone interview with the Orient. “A number of the upperclassmen on our staff have been residing close by Brunswick and in Maine, so we’ve gotten collectively, and we’ve been in a position to exit and golf a couple of occasions.”
Though the staff has been unable to fulfill totally in-person this fall, the sense of staff camaraderie continues to be current.
“We’re in a position to do staff Zooms and work together with our coach by that. I feel that’s additionally actually useful in retaining the staff just a little nearer collectively by every thing,” stated Baldwin. “It’s good to have the ability to speak by golf after which additionally any educational points or issues. So there’s a very good help system total inside our staff.”
Head Coach Stuart Cady understands that his gamers have much more than golf to fret about proper now.
“The entire world is struggling, however it is very important prioritize [mental and physical health],” stated Cady in a telephone interview with the Orient. “I’ve been telling [my players] to get exterior, whether or not you’re simply strolling and kicking leaves or simply to go take a look at some water, it’s essential for everybody to deal with their psychological and bodily well being.”
One optimistic, nonetheless, is that Cady is ready to prepare in individual with the one first-year member of the staff who’s presently residing on campus.
“She and I’ve been taking part in 4 or 5 occasions every week,” Cady stated. “[We’ve been] engaged on her recreation—which is nice. So, it’s good to get to know her, spend a while [with her].”
Cady has been utilizing teamwide Zoom calls not solely to meet up with his gamers but in addition to take part within the athletic division’s Actual Speak on Race initiative.
This system, which consists of a sequence of conversations in addition to a team-wide motion plan, has related the ladies’s golf staff in additional methods than one.
“A number of the athletic division’s initiatives that they’ve been doing this fall have been actually useful by way of retaining the staff collectively, in respect to staff tradition,” Baldwin stated. “I feel these have additionally been good to take care of an inclusive atmosphere amongst groups.”
Sadly, the staff has not had the house to develop as tightly knit as they’ve in earlier years.
“Normally, they’re taking part in golf daily and touring—which is the place you actually kind the connections,” Cady stated. “That’s two-and-a-half hours a day of bonding that they didn’t have to start out this yr—which is unlucky. It’s lower than supreme, however but once more, it’s what it’s.”
“It’s what it’s” appears to be the apothegm of the yr for the staff, however Cady’s mindset units an optimistic tone for the staff.
“[Coach Cady] is de facto nice and he’s at all times checking in with us,” stated Baldwin. “[He asks] us, ‘Oh do you guys have a variety of work these weeks’…and encourages all of us to take a while and to get out [of the house] and golf if we will.”
Nevertheless, Cady makes notice that it’s wholesome to embrace all emotions—together with disappointment—as effectively.
“The scenario just isn’t supreme, however it’s not supreme for anyone,” Cady stated. “So, we’re nonetheless allowed to really feel disappointment and anger. However it’s what it’s. Make the very best of it and dominate [it].”
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