Rebecca Goldman learned to play golf in a hay field and has since moved her game to the links, becoming one of the best golfers in Thomson High School history.
The 17-year-old Goldman, now a senior, would love nothing better than to graduate knowing that she and her teammates, sisters Sara Blackmon-Hughes and Grace Blackmon-Hughes, were able to capture a state title. It would be a first for the school in girls' golf.
"I strongly believe that we're the best Lady Bulldogs' golf team in the history of Thomson High, and I'd love it if we could go out state champions," said Goldman in an interview at Belle Meade Country Club on Monday.
Goldman, the daughter of Bobby and Cindy Goldman, of Thomson, recently helped the Lady Bulldogs capture their second consecutive Region 3-AAA championship.
"I had high hopes when we were going into region play that we could win the title again," said Goldman, who plans to attend Augusta State University after graduation.
Goldman, who aspires to become a physical therapist, admitted that she personally felt more pressure to win the region title this year than last year simply because she realized there was no returning next year to do it.
"I knew that if we were going to win it again, we'd all have to play with a lot of confidence and that's what we did," said Goldman, noting her only disappointment in region play was that she didn't capture individual low medalist honors like she did a year ago.
"Two holes blew my round," recalled Goldman. "I didn't play the No. 5 or the No. 14 holes well. Those holes weren't that difficult. I just made it difficult for myself."
Since the season started, Goldman believes her game has gotten much better, overall. The Lady Bear Invitational in Waynesboro began her turn-around to playing better golf.
"I shot a 74 that day - the lowest round I've ever shot in a tournament," said Goldman. "I was pretty proud of myself that day."
Her exceptional day on the course was witnessed by her parents and her boyfriend, Jason English, a member of the Thomson boys' golf team.
"I had overwhelming support that day," said Goldman, who plans to concentrate on her academics the first year of college before thinking about joining the ASU Lady Jaguar golf team. "The Burke County coach (Wade Marchman) even supported me that day. It was great."
Goldman and her teammates will be competing in the Class AAA State Golf Tournament at Applewood Golf Course in Burke County next Monday.
"It would be the ultimate to win a state championship, because it's never been done before at Thomson High," said Goldman. "I think we can pull it off. I really do."
The reigning state champs are Franklin County, which will be making a strong bid to again capture their second title in a row.
"We just have to go there and put together our very best golf day ever," said Goldman. "If we can do that, then I really believe we can win a state championship. I'd love to leave behind a legacy of having been the first girl's golf team to have ever won a state golf title at Thomson High School."