Prep girls golf: Judge's loquacious Lexie Humphrey shakes things up on the links
Lexie Humphrey will be the first to tell you spring golf in Utah is an extreme sport.
Between the rain, snow, sleet and freezing temperatures, the senior from Judge Memorial is making a mark fighting the weather and setting an example on the links.
"We're a lot tougher than the boys," Humphrey said with a laugh. "They play in the sun. We battle through in the snow."
Humphrey, loquacious and honest, is shaking up things on the links. She is a spitfire golfer who scores in the low 90s but finds the best rewards in working with her teammates. The 19-person roster is filled with freshmen swinging the club for the first time, and Humphrey wants to help all of them become great golfers.
"Golf is a lifetime sport," she said. "We work with each other not just with our club selection but fighting through the frustration."
Keeping the right attitude is important to Humphrey. In a sport known to humble even the best athletes, she credits coaches and her grandfather for helping her keep her cool on the course.
"It's a nerve-racking game," she said. "It's so easy to get frustrated. I need to keep a cool mind from hole to hole. With each new hole is a new chance to make a great shot."
Helping lead the charge on the leaderboard are juniors Mary McKinley and Julia Corbett and sophomore Sasha Lower. Lower finished fourth, scoring 87, in Judge's first tournament of the season March 15.
Coach Nate Olson believes that young golfers benefit from instruction more than athletes in other sports. His team has 19 golfers, the largest roster Judge has had in a decade. He knows his role is to prepare his team for every tournament by working the fundamentals.
"It's great that we're getting a large group of girls into the game at a young age," Olson said. "They're a special group that's worked golf into a team sport."
Humphrey agrees. She loves the bond that she's built with her teammates. Moreover, she likes the fact that golfing isn't just for the boys anymore.
"I think we're proving that golf isn't just a gentleman's game it's a gentleman and woman's game," Humphrey said.
Judge Memorial's next tournament is at Union on April 18.
Park City golfer betters record
Park City eighth-grader Justin Pickard broke his own USA Track and Field Youth Division indoor shot put record at the Western Regional qualifier at Northern Arizona University with a throw of 44 feet, 11 3/4 inches.
Pickard went on to finish second at the Indoor National Championships in Landover, Md., with a throw of 44 feet, 6 3/4 inches.
Meet Lexie Humphrey
Humphrey credits Kevin Cook for helping her prepare her mental game.
She plans to attend the University of Utah next year, where she wants to help start a women's golf program.