Arlington Martin sophomore golfer Trinity King was working on her wedge shots and full swing on a recent steamy June afternoon at Tierra Verde Golf Course in southwest Arlington.
King, who last month competed in the Class 6A girls state golf tournament after also making it as a freshman, recently had her clubs reshafted. She’s getting in plenty of practice to get used to the new feel of her clubs.
But King, who will be a junior in the fall, isn’t counting on her clubs to help her continue to excel in golf. She has a summer plan of adding more endurance and stamina to her repertoire. And when she’s not practicing, you can find King competing in USGA Junior golf events near and far. Louisiana and Indiana are just a few of the places she’ll be competing.
“Golf is crazy,” King said. “Every day you don’t practice, you lose something.”
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The course was like nothing we’d ever seen before — in a good and bad way. We played along the beach and along the ocean.
- Martin golfer Trinity King, on playing at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
King won’t have to worry about losing anything. She never seems to put down the clubs. She nearly finished in the top 10 at state in mid-May. And a few weeks later, she competed with playing partner Julia Gregg of Farmers Branch Prestonwood Christian in an amateur women’s four-ball event at The Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The duo missed the cut at the event, but the 15-year-old King marveled at the coastal course’s beauty and learned a great deal from the difficult slopes of the greens. “The course was like nothing we’d ever seen before — in a good and bad way,” King said. “We played along the beach and along the ocean.”
King, who took up the sport nearly 10 years ago, enjoyed the opportunity to play alongside golfers aged 12 to 70 at the four-ball event. “Golf is a lifelong sport,” King said. “Hopefully, I turn out to still be playing when I’m older, too.”
King’s lifelong obsession with the sport began at age six, when she and her father were at a sporting goods store to get soccer shin guards. Dan King said his daughter spotted a display of golf clubs and pointed the shiny sticks out to her dad.
“I want to play golf,” Dan King recalls his daughter telling him.
After soccer games, King would head for the driving range at Tierra Verde. Sometimes they’d stay until the driving range lights would shut off. And since Tierra Verde offers an idyllic woodsy setting, she and her dad sometimes weren’t the only critters lurking in the shadows.
“There was a coyote wandering about,” King said of one evening spent at the driving range. “I could hear it, but I couldn’t tell where it was.”
King, who has committed to TCU, hasn’t lost any of her early enthusiasm for the game. And as part of the golf team at Martin, she thrives on the competitiveness and camaraderie that comes from practicing and playing with a talented group of golfers. King finished tied for fifth at regionals to qualify as an individual for state while her team barely missed the cut.
Dan King recalled that during one practice when she wasn’t striking the ball up to her normal standards, Martin coach Ken Rose tried to offer her some words of consolation. Instead, she smiled and reassured him that she was taking her struggles in stride.
“She said, ‘Coach, it’s a game,’” Dan King said. “‘It’s supposed to be fun.’”
The Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA is registering for a youth soccer camp for ages 5-14 to be held Aug. 7-10 at the Cooper Street YMCA.
Participants will learn new skills and drill on fundamentals, emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. Players must bring shin guards, a water bottle and a soccer ball.
The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is hosting adult summer leagues for basketball, volleyball, kickball and flag football.
Volleyball registration is open and closes on June 25. Registration for basketball and kickball opens July 1, and flag football registration begins on Aug. 1.
Team fees range from $220 to $375.
Stephen English: firstname.lastname@example.org, @sbenglish74