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Latecomer finds success on golf team

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In addition to sports and school work, senior holds part-time job and volunteers at hospital

By Ron Benningfield

Having a strong right arm has benefited Michelle Burroughs not only as a Lady Hawks softball outfielder but also as a member of LaRue County High School’s golf team.

“I think it has helped me with my strongest part of my game, which is my driver, woods and long irons,” said the 17-year-old senior. 

Though an upperclassman, this is only her second year on the team.

“My friend, Hillary (Eastridge) played golf, so I decided to go with her to  the course one day to play, and I liked it,” she said. “My mom and dad (Patricia and Odis) agreed it would be good, and could also provide a way to get into college.”

Eastridge’s dad, Mike, instructed Burroughs on the game. That, plus her year of experience have helped her lower her scores from averages in the low 80s to the 60s over nine holes.

“I even was able to teach some little junior varsity girls on the fundamentals,” she said. “Hillary told me the other day, ‘If you’d only listen to yourself while you’re teaching!’”

Tournaments still sometimes make her a bit nervous.

“Just about everybody’s parents show up at these tournaments, and when I get ready to hit the ball, they are so quiet,” she said. 

All eyes seemingly are focused on her at the tee.

“I keep wanting to turn around to them and say, ‘It’s OK to keep talking, people,’” she said.

Her coach, Rip Collins, said Burroughs’ game has improved greatly over the past year.

“She works hard at it and has a lot of talent,” he said. “The main thing working against her is that she has only played for two years, and that makes it tough.”

Burroughs carries a full schedule, attending school, working part-time at a local restaurant, maintaining an above average grade point average, playing the two sports and also volunteering at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

“I want to be a nurse, so the hospital service I do will help me down the road, plus I love what I do as a volunteer,” she said. “I do a lot of ‘go-fering,’ assisting with any patient needs.”