Although ninth grader Ashlyn Donohew is not the first girl to join the Ripley High golf team ever, she is only girl and freshman currently on the team. She jokes, “...and the shortest.”
She thinks golf is a lot of fun. She likes the new friendships she has been able to develop by being on the team. Donohew decided she wanted to try playing golf over this summer.
Donohew felt like playing golf would be a fun change from volleyball. She says she will not continue playing volleyball but she does plan on playing golf again in future seasons.
Her cousin taught Donohew how to play golf earlier this year. Donohew has only been playing since the beginning of the season. She tells us that it’s kind of weird being the only girl on the team, but everyone talks to each other.
The other golfers are all nice to her but some tease her in a big brother type of way. She did not know anyone on the team before she joined.
She has played her first all girl tournament ever this golf season on September 18th. She placed 38th out of the 52 girls who played.
She will eventually play tournaments with the boys if she qualifies. As of right now, she does not get as much playing time as the boys. They are all much more experienced than she is.
“I think it is a really fun sport and I think everyone should get involved,” says Donohew. She thinks it’s definitely a sport worth trying.