Most high school athletes have been playing their sport of choice since elementary school, but for Orange Lutheran senior Liv Coons, her time as a golfer started after she began high school. Following the lead of her friend and teammate, Lancer senior Maddie Hahn, Coons headed to the links the summer before her sophomore year and hasn’t looked back.
The individual aspect of golf, along with the tremendous focus and patience it requires, is what keeps Coons motivated to play.
“I like that it’s a calmer game and not go-go-go all the time,” says Coons. “I like that I have time to think about what I’m going to do, and it’s kind of dependent on me. How you play matters.”
Despite the sharp learning curve and having less time to refine her game, Coons has made the most of her three-year varsity experience and is now a key leader on the squad.
“To see the growth and progression of Liv throughout her three years in the program is amazing,” says OLu girls golf head coach, Dustin Boburka. “She has worked hard and gotten better every single year. I couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments.”
Coons has already hit a personal best score of 40 twice this season and is looking to improve upon that as the team heads into postseason play. The camaraderie among her teammates has made her time as a Lancer golfer memorable.
“We trust each other…and I feel like we’re pretty close,” says Coons. “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s going to be sad to leave that because it’s such a tight community.”
Coons serves the OLu campus as an Ignite leader and also finds time to hold down a job at a children’s clothing boutique. Her plans after high school include studying dermatology and possibly college golf, if the opportunity presents itself. The integration of faith and athletics at OLu allows Coons to be an example to opponents on the course.
“I think it’s helped when we play other schools, especially when they’re not in the Trinity League,” says Coons. “We have a different aspect on [golf]. We know God gave us these abilities, and we play for Him. We know that we represent Him to the other schools.”
Coons’ most significant role model is her mother, whose brave battle with cancer inspires her in every aspect of her life.
“My mom is one of the strongest people I’ve ever met,” says Coons. “I get to watch her fight…and that’s who I want to emulate. I get to see that even though she’s sick, she’s still doing it all. It’s really nice having that in my life.”