SAN FRANCISCO – “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” – John 13:7
That’s what Rachel Heck captioned her Instagram put up in 2018 when she needed to pull out of the Jr. PGA Championship due to a again damage. A month later she missed the reduce on the U.S. Women’s Amateur in her residence state at The Golf Club of Tennessee. Fast ahead to the summer season of 2020, when Heck regarded ahead to starting her faculty profession, however the aftermath of COVID-19 halted her move-in date.
“If you look at this whole past year for everybody, nothing has gone to plan, and we can’t possibly begin to understand why things are happening the way they are,” she mentioned Wednesday on the U.S. Women’s Open, the place she earned a spot as medalist at her qualifying website.
But uncertainty and setbacks don’t cease Heck from striving in direction of her targets. She took additional courses within the fall semester in an effort to have a lighter load within the spring, the place the golf season can be full of tournaments. It wasn’t simply the game she missed when she was caught at residence, however her team.
“I wanted to play golf, but, gosh, I just really wanted to be around them,” Heck mentioned. “They’re the coolest people in the world. Coach [Anne] Walker is amazing, [assistant coach] Maddie [Shells] is amazing. I love my teammates with all my heart.
“Now that I have been with them this spring, I’ve had the time of the life.”
The time of her life along with her teammates and well-deserving, record-breaking, post-season-sweeping golf.
This previous spring, Heck gained six tournaments, together with the person NCAA championship. She grew to become the third lady in NCAA historical past to win convention, regional and nationwide titles in the identical yr whereas concurrently setting a brand new NCAA scoring common record of 69.2. Heck earned Ping WGCA Freshman of the Year, Ping WGCA Player of the Year, WGCA First Team All-American and the Annika Award, which is given to essentially the most excellent feminine collegiate golfer.
Heck’s success stands as a number of the most spectacular beginner golf of all time, however her collegiate accomplishments gained’t first come to thoughts when she seems to be again on her reminiscences this yr.
“This morning driving to the course, I listened to the hype playlist we all made for nationals, and I got excited thinking about nationals, even though it was last week,” she mentioned. “These are the moments I’m really going to look back on when I’m done with college. It’s not necessarily going to be golf. It’s going to be the time I spent with them.”