It’s a Hole in One!

Jefrany D’catry, Staff writer

Joining the golf team at Coral Gables Senior High, in a way, had been destiny for junior Sofia Alfonso. She has been either in or around golf almost her whole life. Her dad, a coach, teaches classes on the weekends and she would go with him when she was younger. Always being around the sport, she decided to join it five years ago.

Sofia Alfonso
Sofia Alfonso posing for a picture.

“My favorite memories are probably when I get to play with Zoila, my teammate,” junior Sofia Alfonso said.

During matches, they crack jokes and laugh, making the whole experience even better. They always find each other bonding over the struggles they share on different golf courses. Apart from her sport, Sofia is interested in pursuing a career in STEM and engineering. Since her family lives in California, she’s looking forward to applying to the University of Southern California so that she can specialize in her major. She will always love golf, but after high school, she wants to focus on her academics and try to incorporate it as a hobby rather than an actively engaged sport.


Sofia Alfonso
Sofia is being the target for where the ball should hit.

Apart from golf, do you play any other sports?

Obviously, I am not a very “sporty” person. As golf is more of a mental game, it’s the only sport I really play.

What do you do at practices?

At practice, we usually stretch, hit golf balls, get feedback, putting together and sometimes we play a few golf holes. Mostly, we hit balls repeatedly.

What have you learned from being on the team?

The team has taught me a lot about sportsmanship and no matter how mentally straining a sport can be, you’ll have your team to get you through it.

Do you have a goal for this season?

My goal would have to be going to regionals, as I missed the cut last year by one stroke.

Any advice for anyone who is interested in joining?

If you are interested in joining, just contact me or one of the coaches. The team is super open and you don’t have to be good. Just have perseverance and respect for the golf course.

How do you balance golfing with academics?

Trying to balance golf is hard. It is a very, very long game, but with support from my parents taking me to the library and me not having a social life, I’m able to balance my classes with it.

Sofia Alfonso
Sofia is hugging her golf bag for the picture.

Are you in any other extracurricular activities?

I do a lot of extracurricular activities for science, like SECME (Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment) or SNHS (Science National Honor Society), which I do when I’m not golfing.

What is your board position in SECME?

For SECME, I’m the VP of Competitions meaning I make sure everybody is on track with their due dates for the SECME expo in 2019. I also make sure we’re turning in winning competition items. Join SECME!

What are some of your other hobbies?

Well, I pretty much just golf, look at memes, do homework, and eat ice cream. I also love going to movies and concerts as well.