Karlee Vardas keeps piling up the hardware and the Lexington Wildcat Junior who has committed to Georgia Southern earned SC Coaches Association Women’s 5A Golf Player of the Year. 

“It’s a great honor and means a lot to be recognized for this award. I worked hard and it paid off,” said Vardas. 

Vardas joins quite a list of great Wildcats to earn the award including Lauren Stephenson, who won it twice, Isabella Rawl, Sidney Legacy, Daniel Dunnagan and Maureen Dunnagan. 

By George Bryan George Bryan Golf

Golf is unique. This game can be a recreational activity the entire family, along with friends, can be involved, together, for life. The for-life part is quite inspiring. As a grandparent for a little more than a year, a fresh new life perspective is taking shape. Family time has a different kind of value. As a new grandparent, family time is seeming more precious than ever. 

There are numerous ways to participate in golf. Being a spectator, fan, caddie, or player can all be entertaining, and fun. Each role carries a different set of intriguing variables. The ICRC Winter Youth Tour offers a recreational introductory medium for each of these roles to be studied and explored. The role I have spent decades intrigued with is that of the caddy. You see, the role of the caddy could be applied to yourself, as a player. The best players typically are their own best caddies. Great caddies are typically the biggest fans of their Players. The main role of the caddy is to serve, encourage and support. As a player, one must learn how to do this to themselves, and as a caddy, it’s imperative to let your player know you completely behind them. 

More next week on golf’s uniqueness and the different roles and this week, for the second consecutive week, the first group out in the Exit Palmetto ColorGlo International, Herndon Chevy division played 9 holes in 100 minutes. Columbia CC was the venue and despite it being a new course for many, the pace of play was spectacular. Also, This week’s pace group was Ethan Budden and Ritvik Korrapati. 

LinRick hosted Huckaby and Associates, Colorglo International, Carol French, DMD and Madden Grace Butler, Liam Crawford, Porter, Draper Sully Draper, Reagan Draper, Vera Draper, Samuel Ford, Bernice Reed, Jaxon Stewart, and Austin Weems all endured persistent rain showers to participate.  

In closing this week, please check the Lexington County Recreation and aging website at www.lcrac.com, for a brand new family golf option starting in March. Go to “athletics,” then in the last paragraph, click “family junior golf.” This program is unique.

For details, call assistant athletic director BJ Belville at 803-359-4048 ext. 240.