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Shipp leads by quiet example

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By Ryan Naus

For six years, Lindsey Shipp has played golf for Grant County High School. In that time, she’s learned how to translate what she learned on the golf course to her life.

“I’ve learned how to recover and to keep my composure,” Shipp said. “It helps when you set your tone and encourage others while you’re playing.”

Shipp first got into the game because of her grandparents, Kline and Nora Lee Shipp, and parents, Scott and Sherry Shipp, who she tagged along with to the golf course.

“I fell in love with it,” Shipp said. “I was just drawn to it.”

Although she’s played for six years, Shipp believes that her senior year has been the sweetest.

“This whole year has been awesome,” she said. “The relationships I’ve built with the girls and how close we are makes it special. But it makes me think about how fast it’s gone. It pretty much seems like just yesterday that I started.”

Shipp has worked with coach Marcus Camacho her whole career.

“He’s a really good coach,” Shipp said. “He knows every aspect of the game and even when you don’t want to listen to him, you know he’s right. He’s very encouraging and motivates us.”

“It’s been a pure joy to coach Lindsey,” Camacho said. “She’s very coachable and has a super personality. Skillwise, she’s improved a great amount, but probably more than anything, she’s learned how to cope with difficult situations.”

As the only senior on the team, she has had to lead, usually by example.

“You always want to set a good example for the younger players, so they keep playing and stay involved in the game,” Shipp said.

“Lindsey is like our mom,” sophomore Emily Puckett said. “She’s so well rounded and keeps us focused. We can always count on her. We’re going to miss her tremendously. There will be a void where we need to find a new leader.”

The GCHS girls’ golf team had hoped to qualify for the state tournament, but placed third and missed out on qualifying.

“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t get to go to state as a team and I think the team is disappointed,” Camacho said. “Lindsey led by her example. All the girls respect her. We’ll lose a lot because we’re losing someone the girls look up to.”

“My sophomore year, I was four strokes away from going to state,” Shipp said. “It gave me a good feeling and made me work harder. I hope this year will make the girls work harder in the future.”

Scott Shipp has enjoyed watching Lindsey represent her school for six years.

“For me, it’s been very exciting to see Lindsey excel in golf,” Scott said. “Each year, her scores have improved and she has a lot to be proud of. To see her compete is a big thrill. The last two years, she beats me most of the time. As a parent, you hate to see your child’s athletic career end, but hopefully she will continue on. It’s a game that she can play the rest of her life.”

“I would love to see Lindsey continue with her golf career. I think she has a chance to play at the Division III level and I hope that she follows up with that,” Camacho said. “I’m going to miss her.”

While Shipp is thinking about the future, she is looking past college.

“It means a lot that I can keep playing,” she said. “I hope when we’re all old ladies that we can still play together. It helps because I can still play. It’s not over.”

(The Grant County News will be showcasing the seniors that lead area athletic teams. Next week, Williamstown and Grant County’s volleyball teams.)