Maya Freismuth graduated from Grand Junction High School recently. She also played golf for the Lady Tigers and played in this year's post-season state tournament.
Freismuth, a 17 year old, is an ambassador of goodwill who makes sacrifices in her life to do a few things others may not have the time or motivation to do. One of those things is a weekly trip to Delta where she takes part in a summer activity with a group of women who play golf.
Beginning when she was 15 years old, Freismuth has traveled to Delta from Whitewater on Thursday of each week (May to August) to play golf in the Devil's Thumb Ladies' Golf Club. There are a few weeks at the beginning of each summer golf season that Freismuth is unable to attend and several at summer's end that she was unable to attend due to high school scheduling.
Freismuth's association with Devil's Thumb Golf Club started with her mother's (Jinx Richards) membership in the organization. There weren't many opportunities for Freismuth to play in a club such as Devil's Thumb Ladies' Club. According to Freismuth, "Devil's Thumb was the only club that would let a 15-year-old play."
Now, Freismuth is a fixture at Devil's Thumb who has blended in well with an older golfing generation and says, "I have had some of my best times with these ladies I call my second family."
In the beginning, Freis-muth had a scorecard in the 100-shot range and has progressed to a low- to mid-80s scorecard over the past few years.
When asked how playing with an upper-aged group of golfers has helped her, Freismuth was quick to respond. "They helped me with my mental game. When I started, I was a hothead who would cry on number five and throw my clubs on number seven. Playing with them helped me mature and have a better mental game. They taught me to have fun and enjoy the people you play with."
Of course, as the years passed, and Freis-muth improved to the state-playoff player she became this past season, she was recognized early as someone who would need to level the playing field at Devil's Thumb. Freismuth was asked to get a handicap, which is somewhere around 15 at this time.
Freismuth was asked to choose her favorite hole on the Devil's Thumb course. She mentioned two. Her first choice was number 16, with the two bunkers, because she always manages to make par. The second choice was number 13 (she called the cliff hole) where she would lay up in the upper fairway and then drop the ball onto the green.
About Devil's Thumb as a good course: "It's a good course for everything but trees. You must be accurate on this course and you don't need your driver for every hole."
One of Freismuth's accomplishments this past year included a title in the Ace Junior Golf Tour. She competed in 15 different tournaments and was the overall winner in semi-final and final round play and a big trophy as a reward.
Freismuth had her best high school round of her career this past season when she fired a round of 80 to help her win for the first time in four years. She helped the Lady Tigers win two more tournaments this past season.
Freismuth placed second in regional play and made the top 40 in state with an opportunity to play at state. She did not have one of her best rounds in state competition but noted she definitely had fun.
One message Freismuth is readily willing to pass on to younger golfers is, "Get involved with the Ladies' Club at Devil's Thumb. It's definitely worth it with the skills learned, friendships made, and life skills passed on."
Freismuth will attend Colorado Mesa University on a full-ride scholarship.
Devil's Thumb Ladies' and Men's Clubs have been actively supportive of Delta High School's golf programs this past year. Between the two programs, Delta High School golfers have received new golf bags, golf balls and clothing.
It is the wish of Devil's Thumb Ladies' Club for as many young golfers as possible to become actively involved in programs that are offered through Devil's Thumb Golf Club.
For more information on Ladies' Club involvement and junior golfing activities, contact Cindy Lonis at 970-874-3759.blog comments powered by Disqus