Lady Raider senior golfer, Ally Ross, is headed to the IHSAA girls golf state tournament.
Ross shot a 78 in last weekend’s regional to qualify for state.
“It feels amazing,” Ross said. “I am very excited.”
Her whole family likes to golf, causing her to try the sport out herself.
For Ross, she has been competitively golfing for almost half her life starting at the age of 9 years old.
Ross’s family helped her get to where she is today.
“My whole family has always been there and pushed me to be the best player I can,” said Ross. “My dad specifically has helped me the most to get to the level of play I am at today.”
Her dad, Dan Ross, is the head professional at Purdue’s Boilermaker Birck Golf Complex.
Ross also competes in tennis and dancing when she is not playing golf.
The road to glory has not always been easy for the senior.
“I have had many small obstacles that have gotten in the way when I play, but I have worked hard and overcome those obstacles,” said Ross.
Not making state last year as a junior truly ignited a fire within her.
Ross played in multiple tournaments this summer while practicing almost every day.
The hard work Ross has put into the sport has not gone unnoticed.
“I have seen Ally work hard on in areas in which she knows need improvement,” said senior teammate Teryn Azpell. “If she is having a rough day, she will be sure to go and work on the skills she is struggling with in order to improve prior to the next round.”
Azpell also thinks her teammate is an exceptional golfer due to her leadership, confidence, perserverance, and dedication to the sport.
Head coach of Harrison’s girl golf team, Dave Schneider, has also noticed Ross’s strong work ethic.
“Ally has worked extremely hard to get where she is at this point,” said Schneider. “As each season came to fruition, she worked harder that summer to become a better player. She also played in better tournaments in the summer which made for better competition, which made her a much better player overall.”
Ross plans to go out and play her best and just enjoy the experience of being in the state tournament.
Schneider believes she will do quite well.
“My hope for her at state is to enjoy the ride and play pressure free,” Schneider said. “At the same time, I know that Ally is a competitor and wants to do well. I think she will acquit herself and the Harrison golf team well, and because of that, she'll have two good rounds.”
The state tournament starts on Friday September, 30 and continues on to the next day, October 1.