Since Day One

By Emily Wilson

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As a young girl, I was full of energy and enthusiasm, trying out every sport under the sun.

Soccer, softball, lacrosse, you name it, I played it.

But there was one sport that captured my heart in a way that none of the others did.

And that sport was golf.

My introduction to golf didn’t follow the conventional path of a little girl accompanying her dad to the driving range.

It wasn’t a tradition passed down through generations or anything like that; in fact, it was quite the opposite.

One day, I persuaded my dad to take me to the golf course, just to explore what it was all about.

From the moment I picked up that club and took my first swing, I was hooked.

Choosing a focus

I was around 13 years old when I decided to quit travel soccer and fully commit to golf.

I knew deep down that this was the sport that I wanted to pursue, not just in high school, but in college and beyond.

Golf became more than just a hobby for me – it became a passion, a way of life.

In middle school and high school, I devoted myself to becoming the best player possible to elevate my game to the next level in college.

I trained, competed, and repeated the process over and over again.

Eventually, I achieved enough success to begin the recruiting process.

COVID recruitment

Since I was in high school during COVID, my recruiting process was complicated and a bit of a roller coaster ride.

Current student-athletes were being offered an additional COVID year, so scholarship opportunities were limited.

But in November of 2021, Coach Jordan from the University of Memphis reached out to me.

She originally thought I was committed to a different school, but when she found out I wasn’t, she came to watch me play in a tournament in Memphis.

That visit happened to be a turning point in my recruitment journey.

I instantly knew that Memphis was where I was meant to be.

The facilities were top-notch, the coaching staff was amazing, and the campus had this incredible sense of community.

Everyone I talked to had some kind of connection to Memphis, and it felt like a place where I could truly thrive.

My introduction to golf didn't follow the conventional path of a little girl accompanying her dad to the driving range. It wasn't a tradition passed down through generations or anything like that; in fact, it was quite the opposite. One day, I persuaded my dad to take me to the golf course, just to explore what it was all about. From the moment I picked up that club and took my first swing, I was hooked.

Making the move

And so, I made the decision to commit to Memphis, and I can now say, it was the best decision I ever made.

From the moment I stepped foot on campus, I felt like I was part of a family.

My teammates quickly became my best friends, and we formed this unbreakable bond.

We spend countless hours together, both on and off the golf course, and it’s that connection that has helped us achieve so much success.

Now, as a sophomore at Memphis, I have set some ambitious goals for myself and our team.

Personally, I want to place in the top five in our conference championship.

It’s a competitive conference, but I believe in my abilities, and I know that with hard work and dedication, I can achieve that goal.

And as a team, our ultimate goal is to win a conference title. We have the talent, the drive, and the determination to make it happen.

But it’s not just about the wins and the championships.

It’s about the journey, the memories, and the growth that happens along the way. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the culture of the Memphis golf program evolve and transform into something truly special.

Our coach, Coach Jordan, has instilled in us a sense of purpose and a relentless pursuit of our goals.

And it’s that mindset that pushes us to go above and beyond, both on and off the golf course.

A game for life

Looking ahead, I’m excited to see where golf will take me in the future.

Whether it’s coaching, pursuing an amateur career, or simply continuing to play the game that I love, I know that golf will always be a part of my life.

It’s a sport that challenges me, rewards me, and brings me joy like nothing else.

I am immensely grateful for the opportunities that golf has afforded me thus far.

From my dad graciously accepting my request and taking me to the driving range to Coach Jordan recruiting me, I feel incredibly fortunate for the blessings that this game has bestowed upon me.

I am excited about continuing to share this passion with my teammates and the Memphis community.