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Swinging to success

Sophomore Claire Davis continues to improve at golfing with assistance from her mentors
Sophomore Claire Davis swings and hits the golf ball. (photo contributed by Claire Davis)

“You can do it.” To sophomore Claire Davis, these words meant so much.

They came from SHS girls golf head coach Bob Humbles while the two played together over the summer. And as straightforward as these words may seem, their impact was anything but simple.

Davis has had many mentors throughout her golf career that have helped her grow both on the course and in her confidence.

“The sport, the competition is certainly giving her more confidence … ,” Davis’ grandpa, Ken Raasch, said. “She’s getting more and more confident after every game. It’s making her a stronger woman.”

It was Raasch who first noticed Davis’ talent for golf back when she was in elementary school hitting around a wiffle ball with a golf club. A recreational golfer himself, Raasch asked Davis if she would like to play, and after a positive response, he got her into the sport.

Because Raasch lives close to a top golf course, he was able to help level up her game, even getting her private lessons from experts.

“I’m exposing her to some really nice courses up here, and she’s learning how to play different things,” Raasch said. “It’s really fun.”

Beyond improving her game though, golf has brought the two closer with one another. According to Raasch, this “common interest” allows them to have a deeper relationship.

Golf has also brought a rich partnership between Davis and her longtime coach Humbles. Although the two have known each other for years through their church, golf lets them get to know each other even better.

Their unique relationship allows Humbles to be an even more effective coach for Davis.

(photo contributed by Claire Davis)

“It’s different… you know someone as a coach, but then you also know someone as a person,” Davis said.

Humbles worked with Davis consistently from sixth to eighth grade, but when freshman year came, the two only had occasional lessons together. That all changed, however, when Humbles was named girls golf head coach at SHS this year. And according to Davis, this change has been beneficial for her performance and enjoyment of the sport.

“I definitely enjoy it a lot more because I know him and he knows me, and he taught me how to do everything I’m doing right now,” Davis said.

Since Humbles is so involved in Davis’ golfing journey, the two understand each other and are able to work together effectively.

This mutual understanding between athlete and coach paired with Davis’ work ethic has allowed her to reach new heights this season, making it all the way to the regional meet.

“She’s willing to work as hard as anybody I’ve ever seen,” Humbles said, “and it’s paying off for her.”

Davis’ season may have ended at the Regionals match this year, but her journey is not. With the support from Raasch and Humbles, she will continue to strive to perfect her game.

And, just as much as Davis enjoys golfing, her mentors enjoy working with her.

“It’s a ball … ,” Humbles said. “She’s probably the best one that I’ve had (who has their heart in it).”

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Lucy Hiller
Lucy Hiller, Sports Reporter
Howdy! My name is Lucy Hiller, and I’m a senior this year (whoop whoop), so I’m savoring every last second I get at SHS. For my third year on The Journal, I’m back as a Sports Writer. I spent last year as the Sports Editor, and while it was a truly incredible experience, I really missed getting to write and share peoples’ stories with the world. Outside of The Journal, I’m on the cross country, swimming and track teams at SHS, and I just got a job at Fleet Feet, so if you ever need running shoes, come find me. In my free time, I enjoy playing piano, reading and cooking (go check out @lucys.yums on Instagram). I also love spending time outdoors, especially on hikes with my family (and of course, Benny, my dog). One thing I’m really excited about this year is getting to help elementary students at Homecfort produce their own mini version of The Journal because it’s so rewarding to see their excitement when they finally hold the paper in their hands. I hope I haven’t distracted you from our content for too long already, but you should totally get back to reading all of the articles that has to offer.

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