After an injury in seventh grade that cut her dance and track careers short, Orange Lutheran senior Shayna Osborn picked up her golf clubs and decided that the links were where she was meant to be.
“I knew I wanted to play (golf) in high school, so it was kind of a blessing in disguise,” says Osborn. “It brought something new, and I ended up really enjoying it.”
Osborn feels that golf is the perfect sport for her mathematic-leaning brain, and she enjoys the challenge of working out the meticulous details of each shot. For a game that is typically played as an individual, the 18-year old loves the camaraderie of playing alongside her fellow Lancers.
“I love playing with the girls,” says Osborn. “It’s a team sport, but yet not, so you have to find that good balance of how to play personally yourself, but also know that you’re contributing to the team and to the school.”
Golf courses generally remained open during the spring and summer months of the COVID-19 pandemic, so Osborn took advantage of her extra availability to increase her practice time. As her senior season gets underway later this month, the varsity captain is looking forward to forming bonds with her teammates.
“Shayna is an unbelievable leader for our team,” says OLu girls golf head coach, Dustin Boburka. “She takes charge and makes sure that everyone is on the same page. She is constantly working to improve her game, so that when it comes time for competition, she is ready. She is a great person on and off the course, and her faith in Christ is evident in all that she does.”
The four-year varsity player is proud of how OLu’s girls golf program has grown over her years at the school, including the effort that earned the team a CIF postseason berth her sophomore and junior years. The mental aspect of the game has taught Osborn plenty about focus, patience and persistence.
“Each stroke you have to focus,” says Osborn. “If your mind is not there, you will not do [well]. Leave everything else behind and focus on the moment. One bad shot, you cannot let that affect you. You have to continue on and hit the next shot and reset. I think that can help a lot in life when something doesn’t go your way, to never give up. Continue persisting and continue to get better.”
Osborn has a heart for serving others and enjoys participating in National Charity League (NCL), as well as Once Upon a Room, a nonprofit organization that provides custom room decorating and event planning for children who spend extended time in the hospital. She is also a three-year Student Ambassador at OLu and currently serves on the Executive Board as Vice President of Membership.
It was Osborn’s father who introduced her to the game, and he remains a significant motivator in her life, along with her two grandmothers who model what it takes to be a strong woman golfer.
“They showed me that there can be a woman in this sport,” says Osborn. “It’s a very male-dominant sport, and being left-handed, there’s only very few of us. So it’s pretty cool to see my grandmas go out there. I get to play with them and form that connection.”
Osborn plans on studying business at college out of state, and she will likely always find her way back to the links. She is grateful for the opportunity to play for her high school and represent the Lancers out on the course.
“When you think of golf you think of a leisurely activity,” says Osborn, “so it’s pretty cool that I can take that and represent my school, play for OLu and represent Christ in every single stroke.”