“I needed to step up and be like, ‘Let’s practice’ and ‘Let’s do this,’” Young said. “I enjoyed it, but it was stressful.”
Young said driving has always been her favorite part of golfing.
“I can get it far enough to where I don’t have to use a wood (club), because I’m not very well using the fairway,” Young said.
As a goal this season, Young said she wants to break 100 at a tournament. She shot a 101 at Ardmore on Wednesday, and she said she’s broken 100 several times when golfing for fun.
Young said breaking 100 in a tournament will come down to “not counting my score before I get done playing and not over-thinking.”
Whether Young achieves that goal or not, this will be her last season as a competitive golfer. The Lady Buffs didn’t for their state tournament during Young’s first three seasons, and she said this year’s team is focused on improving its own performance and not worrying about placing or other teams.
However, Madalyn Nix leads a strong corps of Lady Buffs freshman golfers this season. Young said she thinks the team will perform better and better as the younger Lady Buffs gain more experience.
“I like her,” Young said of Nix. “When you’re that person, a lot of people look up to you, and she’s a good person to look up to. ... She will be the player that makes the team go far, and I’ve been that every year.”
Once she graduates, Young said she’ll miss “being part of something and having a team.” She plans to move to Oklahoma City, where her father lives, and attend either Oklahoma City Community College or Rose State College in Midwest City.
Young said she plans study criminology, then hopefully become a parole officer.