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Life is good for Coral Springs’ Carly Ray Goldstein — on and off the course

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Carly Ray Goldstein is enjoying the best of three worlds.

After one year as a golf-playing freshman at LSU, she has found the school and Baton Rouge both enjoyable and challenging. Her second world is in Coral Springs, where she grew up and learned golf under the tutelage of her teaching pro father Barry. Finally, there is the world where you can most often find her — on a golf course.

Goldstein, a state high school individual champion and Miss Florida Golf in 2012 during her senior year at Coral Glades High, is back home after completing that first year at LSU.

Sure, she had to do some laundry and put some clothes away, but it did not take her long to grab her golf bag and head for a golf course.

Last week, she tried to qualify for the Women’s U.S. Open, but came up four shots short.

“I felt pretty good about my game,” Carly Ray said of the one-day, 36-hole qualifier. “I struck everything pretty well.”

Said her father, who caddied for her in that event, “She played well, but there was just no magic on the greens.”

The result didn’t discourage Carly Ray as she almost instantly entered another tournament, the Women’s Amateur Public Links at Madison Green in West Palm Beach.

This time, there was some magic.

Goldstein shot a 68 to win by four strokes and in the process broke the course record set by current LPGA standout Lexi Thompson, also from Coral Springs.

“I just put not making the U.S. Open out of my mind,” Goldstein said, “and concentrated on what I had to do at Madison Green.”

That victory was the 101st of her evolving career.

Being home has put a smile on her face.

“I love it down here,” she said. “It’s great to be here with my dad.”

She performed admirably at LSU, becoming a starter for much of the season and finishing second in a Dallas college tournament.

“School was more of an adjustment than I thought it would be,” she admitted. “Being on your own for the first time and having to do everything for myself was different.”

The positive side was new friends and teammates. Not to mention some nifty grades — pretty much all A’s and B’s.

“Things are going well. Real well,” she said.

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