Parish Episcopal Varsity Golf Coach Kimberley Self has been swinging a golf club since she was eight years old and she considers that a blessing.
“Golf is a lot like life. You never know what kind of day you will have, but it challenges you to see it through. You also never know what it’s going to bring you,” said Self.
The game has now brought Coach Self an award from the Ladies Professional Golf Association. The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected her as Coach of the Year, for the Central Section. The national winners will be selected from each category and announced in the coming weeks. The LPGA T&CP has the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world; Coach Self was nominated by her peers for the award.
“I was very surprised. This is my first time to win this award. I received a call last week that I had won. I was just thrilled,” said Self.
Coach Self played golf for Southern Methodist University and Texas Tech University before going on to compete on the Futures Tour, the Developmental Tour of the LPGA. She’s been leading varsity and junior varsity golf at Parish for 10 years. Last year, the program was excited to see senior, Katie Dyo, sign with Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. She’s the first player to sign with a college and Coach Self hopes to have more sign in the future. Currently, the varsity and JV teams are made up of 24 student-athletes and she welcomes anyone interested in golf to come try out.
“Our mission is to learn and grow and expect the best of ourselves,” said Self. “My goals for my players are determination, skills of the game, patience and mental toughness.”
The Parish golf teams faced a few setbacks last year due to rain, but returned to finish 4th at Regionals for the girls team and with an individual Top 15 finish at state.
“The weather conditions were tough, but the girls’ team played well,” said Self.
The 2015-2016 Season, which tees off January 25th, will be the second year for the team to compete against 5A schools.
“5A is a big body of water and we’re trying to see where we fit in; so I’m hoping to hit the pavement running in January and cannot wait to get started. I am looking forward to what this season holds,” said Self.