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Senior golfers ready for final season at Ridgewood

| August 21, 2015
Kathryn Chittum rounds out the trio of seniors golfing for Ridgewood this fall.

Kathryn Chittum rounds out the trio of seniors golfing for Ridgewood this fall.

Samantha Wilson and Nick Blakley are senior golfers for Ridgewood High School.

Samantha Wilson and Nick Blakley are senior golfers for Ridgewood High School.

WEST LAFAYETTE – The senior golfers at Ridgewood High School are hoping for a fun, enjoyable and successful final season.

“I’m looking forward to proving everyone wrong this year,” said Nick Blakley, a senior on the boys’ team. “Last year was rough for us because we were really young. Everyone thinks we aren’t going to do well again and it’d be nice to prove them wrong, especially with a new coach.”

Ridgewood’s new coach is actually Blakley’s dad Joe.

“He knows golf really well,” Nick said. “If I’m swinging bad he can fix it pretty quickly.”

Joe also has had an impact on Ridgewood’s lady golfers.

“My Coach Craig Reveal and Nick’s dad have been a big help,” said Samantha Wilson. “They are there to help when you have a bad day.”

Wilson and Kathryn Chittum are the seniors on the girls’ golf team.

“I started golfing in seventh grade,” Wilson said. “It looked like fun and was something new. I’ve enjoyed the people and the experience.”

This is only Chittum’s second year on the golf team.

“Mr. Reveal encouraged me to try it,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed seeing how I’ve progressed. My scores have gone from very high to progressively lower. I’ve improved on my driving too. Before I could just hit the ball a couple of inches from the tee box, but now I can go pretty far.

Nick’s dad got him started in golf when he was 6-years-old.

“I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met and succeeding and get better over the years,” Nick said.

Chittum is looking forward to seeing her fellow teammates do well this year.

“I remember our scores from last year and I think we have already improved so much,” she said. “It’s amazing.”

Chittum also is excited about the post season tournament.

“I didn’t get to play in it last year because I was injured so I’m looking forward to doing that for the first time,” she said

Nick plans to attend Kent State next year and become an air traffic controller. Wilson wants to study to be a physical therapy assistant and Chittum hopes to do an exchange program in Germany for one year and then become an English translator.

Nick advises the younger members of the teams to savor every moment of their high school careers.

“It goes by really, really quick,” he said.

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