Rend Lake College freshman Megan Hood may not be the biggest or strongest member of the Lady Warriors golf squad, but she may well be the most dedicated competitor.
Hood, 18, of Coulterville, said she found her father’s old golf clubs in a shed at their home during the summer between eighth grade and her first year of high school. She said she took a few practice swings, and her father said he “thought I had a really good swing.” She began taking lessons with Gene Shaneyfelt, Golf Director at Red Hawk Country Club in Du Quoin, and subsequently played all four years at Coulterville High School before signing to play for RLC.
“I love the atmosphere. Every day spent with my teammates and coach never fails to be fun and exciting,” Hood said. “I could not ask for a better team to compete with. We all mesh very well together.”
“She is small in stature, but has the nickname ‘Big Dog,’” said RLC Women’s Golf Head Coach Craig Zinzilieta. “She is the ultimate competitor who absolutely believes second place is for the first-place loser. She is never satisfied with her round and always wants to get better.”
Echoing that sentiment, Hood said she looks most forward to improving, physically working on her game and overcoming her own self-doubts. She said she believes she is a consistent player who can be relied upon.
“I look forward to finding out what I am capable of after this year,” Hood said.
“She has been our steadiest player this fall day in and day out. She is solid in every area of her game and will be a surprise to everyone at nationals. I am expecting her to go down and play four very solid rounds and be an All-American. If she gets a little stronger over the winter, she may be unbeatable at this level,” Zinzilieta said.
Hood is studying financial marketing, but in the next couple of years she may decide to double-major with some form of journalism, she said. She said she chose to attend Rend Lake College because of the golf scholarship she was offered and because of the opportunity to play with a winning team. She said she wanted to attend a community college so as not to be overwhelmed by the rigors of a four-year university straight out of high school.
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