After several years of playing baseball, Orange Lutheran senior Trent Adams set aside his bat and glove his sophomore year and picked up his golf clubs, sending him on a new path as a student athlete. Being fairly new to the sport was challenging that first year, but he has settled in as a key player for the Lancers varsity squad.
“The first year I played, I came in not knowing what I was doing at all,” admits Adams. “So it was nerve-wracking, for sure. After awhile, I just became comfortable with it…I love how relaxed it is.”
After just a few matches last spring, Adams’ junior season got cut short due to COVID-19, and finding the motivation to continue golfing was a struggle. With courses generally open throughout the summer, he got out to the driving range when possible and is grateful to now have the chance to play one more season before graduation. His goals are to keep it fun and enjoy the moment.
“We’re all a team and we’re all together,” says Adams. “It doesn’t matter how bad someone is playing, we’re in it together. You’ve got to look out for each others’ backs.”
As a senior leader on a young team, Adams is also looking at this year as an opportunity to set the program up for continued future success.
“Trent is a tremendous leader in our program because he truly exemplifies our program's pillars: Christian character, integrity and accountability,” says OLu boys golf head coach, Darren Kelso. “He is respected by all of our players and coaches alike. I am truly blessed to coach Trent as he is an incredible young man.”
The mental game is key for a sport like golf, and Adams has worked on improving his ability to move on from errors and play the next shot.
“You’ve got to be really patient out there,” says the 18-year old. “It is a slower-paced game, so you’ve got to be patient in that way.”
After having a positive experience in his freshman Ignite group, Adams has enjoyed giving back this year as an OLu Ignite Leader, helping to guide the Class of 2024 through a unique start to high school.
“I did it because I knew how much they helped me my freshman year, so I wanted to pay back,” says Adams. “It’s also cool to meet all these new kids and help prepare them for their high school experience. I know how important that is.”
Adams has enjoyed how faith is incorporated into the student athlete experience at OLu, and he is grateful for the way the coaches constantly work to help strengthen the golfers’ faith.
“As a student athlete, [my faith] helps me stay calm and relaxed,” says Adams. “Just knowing that my faith is there and that everyone around me has somewhat of a similar faith and that we’re all connected in that way, it creates a really strong bond and prepares you for life.”
Adams plans on pursuing a career in either marketing or computer science and will likely continue to golf recreationally. His inspiration comes from his younger sister, Trista, who has Down’s syndrome and has also battled leukemia.
“She’s my rock, and she’s the light of my life,” says Adams of his sister. “She inspires me to go out and do things and have fun and look out for her. She’s probably my biggest role model.”