ELMHURST – Improving your golf game can become an obsession.
York golfer Kerri Carlquist has learned to love the finer aspects of the game in an effort to improve each shot.
Carlquist, who will be a senior on this fall’s Dukes squad, has made that the focus of her summer. She has noticed the growth in her game as a result.
“There’s always room for improvements,” Carlquist said. “It’s been really cool this summer to break down each shot and learn about each shot.
“Even though we are all striving to win, that’s not what golf is about. It’s just about finding an aspect of your game to strengthen.”
Carlquist mentioned improving her swing plane as one thing that has made her drives much better. She was a sectional qualifier last year as a junior for the Dukes, and the work she’s put in could put her over the top as a state qualifier.
However, that’s not what she is most concerned about this season. Instead, Carlquist said her top goal is to help the team qualify for sectionals with her this year.
“I really like the girls on the team,” Carlquist said. “The bus rides to a tournament are always fun and just the motivation that all the girls have. We get so excited when all the girls are playing well. It’s always really fun because our coaches are such great encouragers. They’re always looking for ways to build us up.”
Playing in a team setting was an easy transition for Carlquist since both her parents played golf and got her into the sport.
“My whole family on both sides has been really into golfing, and it’s actually made it a family sport, which is nice,” she said. “Getting to play on Father’s Day with my dad and grandpa was great.”
Playing with her family at her home course of River Forest Country Club has made for many cherished memories. This summer, her time at River Forest has been spent mostly on lessons.
“(The lessons) have improved my game so much,” Carlquist said. “I’ve been getting out to the range a lot. I’ve been working hard in lessons with my short game.”