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Coral Glades’ Carly Ray Goldstein acclimating to golf at LSU

 

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Transition often is not easy, and Carly Ray Goldstein is well aware of that.

Change, lots of change, has been a big part of her life lately.

Goldstein, a Florida high school champion a year ago for Coral Glades, is now working to find similar success on the college level as a freshman at Louisiana State University.

Goldstein was the best of the best as an individual state champion in 2012, and now she’s an aspiring player at LSU.

“I really like it here,” Goldstein said from Baton Rouge, La. “I really like the entire college aspect. I’ve been practicing more than ever. I played in one tournament and I didn’t do that well, but there are a lot more tournaments to come. Sure, it has been a bit of adjustment, but it’s working.”

What helps her through the transition period? Family.

That would include her dad Barry, her sister Aubrey, and not to be left out, her dog Winnie. They are separated by nearly 1,000 miles physically, but never far away in their minds.

The family came up to visit Goldstein for Thanksgiving, and she will be going home for Christmas. That does a lot to make things better.

“For Thanksgiving, they were driving about the same time they were up here, and that was special,” she said.

As for her golf, Goldstein said, “It’s a lot more competitive at this college level. I’m practicing with some great girls and some great golfers. Make no mistake, I knew it was going to be an adjustment. Actually, it’s a big adjustment. At one point it was a really hard adjustment, and it wasn’t easy.

“I was really stressed out the first couple of weeks. But everybody is trying to make it easy to settle in here. The grades and classes are good. There’s always help if you need it.

“But I really do miss home a lot. I miss my family, my friends and my dog. I think family is really important, but, no, I have never thought about coming back home permanently.”

Goldstein‘s typical day at LSU includes strength and flexibility training in the morning, classes and then golf practice 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Barry Goldstein, is a well-respected South Florida golf pro who works out of Inverrary. He has been Carly Ray’s coach throughout her golf career.

Any conflict since she has a coach at LSU?

Not at all.

“They know and understand who my dad is and they talk,” Goldstein said. “They aren’t trying to make drastic changes.”

What does her future hold? Goldstein‘s looking at the almost-immediate future, and that would be Christmas. She will be back in South Florida, playing in the Dixie Amateur, and visiting with dad, sister Aubrey, and don’t forget the pooch.

“I miss all of them,” Goldstein said.

And that definitely includes Winnie the dog.

“Thank goodness my sister sends me pictures of the dog,” she said with a laugh.

THAT’S A FACT, JACK

The first golf balls, from the 14th to 17th century, were made out of hardwood from trees, such as beech. Carpenters were the people making them. Also, during this period, golf balls were also created by taking feathers and putting them inside a thin leather ball. They were called featherie balls. The tighter the feathers were, the better distance you got when hitting the ball. Feather balls were the Titleists of golf balls, until they went out of play around 1850.

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