Priya Roy was not happy with her practice performance for her senior season with the Bexley women’s golf team last month at Blacklick Woods. So she went to the driving range to work on her game just after the round.
This training helped Roy reduce his nine-hole average by almost five strokes in his third season alone in the sport.
Coach Brycen Baugh said Roy’s dedication to improvement is reflected in her scores and has made her the No. 2 Lions golfer. Rookie Andrea Golden leads Bexley with an average of 43.8 for nine holes, and Roy is an average of 49.2. Last fall, she averaged 54.0 for nine holes.
“Priya is our # 2 golfer because she’s outperforming everyone else, and she showed that when she went to work on her game after practice,” said Baugh. “That’s just how she normally does things.”
Roy works hard in everything, including the classroom, where she has a GPA of 4.28. She’s also a pianist, and she said piano and golf go hand in hand.
“It’s actually surprising how similar they are,” said Roy, who started playing the piano at the age of 7. You need to have a steady pace and be confident in your playing skills.
“I think playing the piano helps me keep that rhythm and tempo, and keep a steady balance when I’m playing. For your swing, you want a stable backswing and forward swing. If everything is out of beat and out of rhythm, you lose that contact with the ball. It just isn’t there.
The Lions are 5-6 in the MSL-Ohio division heading into the Second League tournament on September 21 in Westchester. In the first tournament on August 10 in Turnberry, Bexley finished third (393) behind Columbus Academy (359) and Columbus School for Girls (369).
“The biggest thing I have learned from (Baugh) is persistence,” Roy said. “Golf is definitely very mental. One of my coaches told me that golf is 75 percent mental and 25 percent skillful.
“Previously, if you are not confident in your shot, you can be 99% sure that your shot will go wrong. There is certainly a lot of confidence in golf and persistence in tough days. “
Roy immersed herself in golf once she started playing. She joined First Tee Girls Golf at Blacklick Woods and is currently a member of the group’s board of directors.
From September 3-6, Roy attended John Deere Drive Your Future Academy in Detroit as a member of First Tee of Central Ohio.
“Being able to play with really good players was great,” said Roy. “I’ve only been playing for three years so I’m new to the game compared to the others. But I was paired with a lot of players who had been playing since I was 5 or 6, and they play at AJGA events.
“Being able to play with them and watch their routines was great. Watch how they line up the ball and if they back up before they hit a shot or just see what’s going on in their mind. Playing with people much better than me has helped me in my game. ”
While at the Drive Your Future Academy, Roy was able to attend the Solheim Cup, an event featuring America’s top women against their European counterparts in match play. The competition took place from August 31 to September 6 at the Inverness Club in Toledo.
“I got to meet a lot of players from the United States and Europe and hear how passionate they are about the game,” she said. “Meeting them and watching them was so cool. They have so much confidence and motivation. It’s powerful to see them play.
Roy did not make a college selection, but plans to major in international studies or biomedical engineering.
“Since I’m so late in the game, I don’t think playing college is feasible,” she said. “At this point I think I’ll be playing club golf. ”