Lucy fundrais­ing for her next golf schol­ar­ship year

CHB Mail - - NEWS - BY CLIN­TON LLEWELLYN

Af­ter suf­fer­ing in­juries as well as the death of her beloved grand­fa­ther Monty in her sec­ond year at the Univer­sity of Arkansas Lit­tle Rock, CHB golfer Lucy Owen is pleased the third year of her golf­ing schol­ar­ship in the US went “a lot bet­ter”.

The 22 year old re­turned home last Wed­nes­day for a two-month break at the end of her aca­demic year, dur­ing which she will host the fourth an­nual Lucy Owen Fundrais­ing Golf Tour­na­ment at her home course at Waipawa Golf Club on Mon­day, June 4.

De­spite the jet lag, she was still buoy­ant af­ter tick­ing off a ma­jor mile­stone in any golfer’s life — scor­ing that elu­sive hole-in-one.

“I had a lot bet­ter re­sults on course this year. I had two top-20 fin­ishes the se­mes­ter just been, I made a hole-in-one, my first ever, and I had my best tour­na­ment round, a 1-un­der in Tampa — the same tour­na­ment I hit my holein-one,” said Owen, who scored six birdies in her round, but ad­mit­ted she scored her ace in the prac­tice round.

“So it didn’t re­ally count for any­thing. But it was still pretty cool.”

While her in­di­vid­ual re­sults were pleas­ing, Lucy said col­lec­tively, she and her univer­sity team­mates strug­gled in their Na­tional Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (NCAA) Level 1 Sun Belt con­fer­ence.

“We didn’t do very well over­all as a team this year. I think we came sec­ond last but we had a girl quit in the fall so we got pushed back to only five play­ers, and you can’t travel to tour­na­ments with fewer than five play­ers. So there was a lot of pres­sure on us.”

Off the course, Owen had suc­cess­ful year, se­lected as pres­i­dent of her univer­sity’s Stu­dent Ath­lete Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, as well as be­ing se­lected as a Sun Belt Am­bas­sador, all while main­tain­ing her grades.

“My cu­mu­la­tive grade point av­er­age for the whole three years I’ve been at Lit­tle Rock is 3.57, which is still above av­er­age.”

She has just one more year re­main­ing of her stud­ies and is set to grad­u­ate next May with a ma­jor in psy­chol­ogy and a mi­nor in health and ex­er­cise sci­ence.

“I hope to go and do my masters in sports psy­chol­ogy af­ter­wards. But where, I have no idea.”

Which means that her US$23,000 ($32,448) schol­ar­ship, which cov­ers her tu­ition cost, has only one year left to run. That makes her fundrais­ing tour­na­ment next week on the Mon­day of Queen’s Birth­day week­end that much more im­por­tant.

Due to visa re­stric­tions, she can­not work in the US and she has to raise $12,000 for her travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion and liv­ing ex­penses for the year ahead be­fore she re­turns in Au­gust.

■ En­try to the tour­na­ment, which tees off at 9am, is $30 and in­cludes din­ner. There are spot prizes and raf­fles, with two rounds of golf at Cape Kid­nap­pers to be won. To spon­sor a hole or play phone 027 360 4406 or (06) 858 8248.

PHOTO / WAR­REN BUCKLAND.

Lucy Owen shows the ball she scored her holein-one with while in her third year at the Univer­sity of Arkansas Lit­tle Rock. She is back home in CHB for a few months and will be host­ing her an­nual fundrais­ing tour­na­ment at Waipawa Golf Club on Mon­day.

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