Former Central golfer hopes to make the world her office

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To recent Keller Central graduate Marisa Delgado, golf is the universal language.

No matter a person’s native tongue or culture, everyone can embrace a beautiful day on the links or a slow, bending put that lands into the cup from distance.

But just in case there is some confusion, she wants to be able to speak anywhere between one and six more languages in addition to her current one, English.

That’s one reason why the 2013 graduate will take her golf game to Newman University in Wichita, Kan., this fall.

Newman University, Delgado believes, will give her the best opportunity to play collegiate golf while providing her the academic rigors that will train her to be a foreign diplomat or ambassador.

“I’ve always been a big history lover and lover of different cultures,” Delgado said. “So that’s something that’s always interested me and why I’ve wanted to learn other languages.”

She said she will begin with Spanish and work from there, possibly moving to Arabic next.

To retain all that is needed to be fluent in those languages takes great mental fortitude, which is a quality Delgado has already demonstrated on the golf course.

“Marisa is an excellent young golfer and I expect a lot from her in the future, mainly because of her dedication to the game,” Keller Central head coach Becky Spurlock said. “She works very hard on her game and on all aspects of the game.”

Spurlock said Delgado battled through her senior year as many obstacles came in her way, but she weathered storms left and right to lead her team to the regional tournament.

She took the same mentality into the 2013 Fort Worth Junior Girls Golf Tournament, weathering pouring rain during the first round to put up a score of 74, good enough for third place after the first day.

Although she waivered a little in the final two rounds, she still was able to post her best finish in the tournament, finishing in 11th in the Championship Flight.

Spurlock said her vast improvements from her junior to senior years began with her dedication to practice and resulted a lot more confidence. It’s an example that will be missed at Central, she said.

“Her leadership and her determination every day will be missed,” Spurlock said. “All you had to do is watch our two senior girls and their practice habits every day. Both of them improved from their junior to senior year and it all came down to their practice.”

However, what was lost at Central due to graduation will become a new asset for the Newman golf team – a team Delgado hopes to bring into national recognition before her time in college is through. Then it’s on to her own personal international recognition.

“I think that Marisa decided she wanted to be the best golfer she could be,” Spurlock said. “She’s not there yet. We’re going to see more of her when she gets into her college career. She’s going to get better and better. It goes back to, she takes the game seriously and she practices seriously, so when she gets out there on the course, she’s confident in what she can do.”

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