While high school athletics are put on hold during the coronavirus outbreak, our sports staff has created a daily installment called “Senior Spotlight,” which aims to honor some of the local senior athletes whose seasons have been interrupted. Here is our question-and-answer spotlight with Legacy Prep golfer Emma Grace Messenger:
Question: When did you get interested in the sport? Was there somebody who introduced it to you?
Messenger: I started my golf career my freshman year of high school. My dad would take me out on the course when I was little so he is really the one who introduced me.
Q: What is your favorite part of your sport?
Messenger: Definitely meeting new people. I’ve met so many great people and made some of my closest friends playing tournaments and traveling across the country!
Q: What is your greatest memory from your childhood with the sport?
Messenger: My greatest memory playing golf growing up would be any time I was able to play with my oldest brother. He was in the military and deployed a lot of the time so I cherish every moment I got to spend with him on the course.
Q: What is your greatest memory in high school with the sport?
Messenger: Definitely winning a state championship! Being able to bring that home to LPCA meant the world to me.
Q: Which person/people has/had the greatest impact on your athletic career?
Messenger: Definitely my parents and my swing coach. They have pushed me to be the best I can be in all aspects of my life.
Q: After a hard day of practice or after a game, what is your go-to food or drink to replenish and why?
Messenger: Lemonade and fruit all the way!!
Q: Which athlete do you want to meet and why?
Messenger: Rory Mcllroy is definitely up there! I love the way he handles himself on the course and I just think he would be an awesome playing partner!
Q: Who’s the most famous athlete you have met? What was the experience was like?
Messenger: I’ve met Patrick Reed and it was super cool! I’ve also met Stacey Lewis which I think is awesome because she is undoubtedly changing the game of golf for women which is pretty amazing!
Q: What are your plans for after college? Will you continue playing your sport? What do you plan on studying?
Messenger: After high school I will continue my career at Florida Gulf Coast University. I plan on entering the PGA program.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10-15 years?
Messenger: Hopefully I’m somewhere playing golf! I would love to try and continue playing for as long as possible after college.