With the new school year brings a plethora of new clubs. Golf Club, one of the aforementioned newbies on the scene, is perfect for those students looking for a fun, relaxing activity to get involved in. Started by Noah Klein, Dean Silverman, and Phelan Shea, the purpose of Golf Club is to provide Goucher with a relaxing community in which athletes and non-athletes alike can learn a new sport, meet new people, and develop a skill that will carry them through their undergraduate years and beyond.
The club provides its members, most of whom have no prior experience with the sport, with weekly lessons and range times. The lessons are taught by Julieta Stack, head of Baltimore Golf Academy, and as with all other golf club practices, are held at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Timonium, a mere ten minutes away from Goucher’s campus. Lessons occur each Friday from three to four in the afternoon, and range times are held from three to five on Friday afternoons and ten to noon on Sunday mornings. In addition to these practices, the club also holds a weekly event, ranging from barbecues to movie nights to Nintendo golf tournaments. Chipping competitions will also be held on campus and will be open to non-members. For those of us who do not know what chipping is (including me prior to writing this article), it involves purposely hitting the ball in the air so that it rolls when it lands. It is a difficult skill to master, but the aim of the competition is to learn by doing. Contact Noah Klein at email@example.com for the specific date and time of this and other competitions.
When asked if the Golf Club will be competing against other schools anytime soon, President Noah Klein said that he does not foresee any inter-school competition developing within the next few years. Instead, the club wants to focus on improving the team’s skills and building the golf community at Goucher. Inter-team competitions will become more frequent as the club gains more members, and Noah Klein cited the team’s betting policy as a perfect example: a member of the team can bet the rest of the team that he/she can make a certain shot and, if the shot is made, deserves a reward of his/her choice. If two-thirds or more of the team approves the bet, the member may proceed. This helps to foster the enjoyable atmosphere the Golf Club holds as one its core values.
As membership increases and the club gains more SGA funding for trips and t-shirts, the goal is to become one of the premiere student organizations on campus. It gives its members a reprieve from their daily academic stresses, and gives them a new outlet with which to meet people that they otherwise might not have come in contact with. As Noah Klein said best, “There was love, there was loss, and then there was Golf Club.”