By SCOTT WILSON
Glasgow Daily Times
Glasgow High School senior Taylor Phelps’ love for the game of golf began with regular outings to the course with her father, Bobby. He played as often as he could get to the course on any given day, and it didn’t take long for Taylor to pick up her father’s passion for the sport and follow along.
It was through that passion that Phelps developed a dream to be the best golfer she could be. Through years of hard work and with a dedication to getting better every day, Phelps saw all of that pay off on Thursday when she signed a national letter of intent to play golf next season at Campbellsville University.
“I have always wanted to play golf in college. That’s always been my goal and something I have worked to accomplish,” said Phelps. “My dad always played and I would go out with him. I have always liked playing golf.”
Phelps has been a fixture in the Lady Scotties’ golf program since the seventh grade. She was part of the 2008 state championship team and helped the Glasgow girls win the 2010 and 2013 All A State Championships, and capture the 2013 Fourth Region title. This past season, Phelps finished third at the Barren County Invitational, third at the Central Hardin Invitational and fourth at the All A State Championship. She was also named to the all-region team.
“It has been a pleasure to coach Taylor for her junior and senior years at Glasgow High School,” said GHS coach Kellie Lee. “The one thing, I think, that really stands out about Taylor is she really enjoys playing the game and wants to do her best every time she comes out. And as a coach, what more could you ask for from a player.”
Though there were other schools looking for Phelps’ services, she really liked what she saw when she visited the Campbellsville campus.
“I did look at other schools, but I really liked Campbellsville,” said Phelps. “It was close to home and it was small. I enjoyed meeting the coach and the team, and it is a really good (academic) school, too.”
Phelps said academics weighed heavily in her decision to play for the Lady Tigers. Though she’s not settled on a major, Phelps said she’s probably leaning toward nursing.
But now the hard work begins for Phelps as she starts to prepare herself mentally and physically for the rigors of playing collegiate golf.
“I know I’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready,” Phelps explained. “I’ve got to work hard every day to get better. I will be practicing a lot on my game.”
Lee, a former collegiate golfer herself, said every golfer needs to get better in all aspects of their game. However, she added Phelps has some pretty good fundamentals to work with.
“Taylor is probably one of the longest hitters in this senior class across the state of Kentucky. So, her length will automatically be at the collegiate level,” Lee said. “I think all good players need to work on their short game. That is the aspect of the game that needs to be consistent every time you play. That should be your ‘go-to’ when you’re on the course. If you have a good short game, you can adapt to some of the adversity you’re going to face.”
Phelps said she wanted to thank a lot of people who have helped her and supported her in getting to where she is, on and off the course. And included in that group, Phelps said, was her Glasgow teammates.
“We had a really good season and there is nothing I would change (about my time at GHS),” said Phelps. “I will definitely miss it, especially my teammates. (It is sad, but) I won’t ever be on their team again.”