West High School is proud to offer golf. The Iowa High School Girls Athletic Union sanctions our high school sports for girls. Our teams compete in the Missouri River Conference. Through involvement in golf, students learn valuable life skills, including maturity, integrity, patience, and perspective.
Student-athletes give their all, both on and off the course. Countless hours go into strength, conditioning, and practice to build strong athletes that are prepared to compete. Likewise, our athletes fulfill academic requirements in order to participate in sports.
Our students are gracious in victory and defeat. While we compete to win, our athletes know, it’s how you play the game that matters.
Benefits of Golf
Compared to other mainstream sports such as baseball, football, and basketball, golf has a low risk for injury. For this reason, golf boasts many physical benefits as the game involves a lot of walking. Golf is also a sport that emphasizes long-term full-body fitness and flexibility.
Golf also has many mental benefits. Because golf is an up-and-down game, it is quite similar to life. There have been books written about the similarities between golf and life. First and foremost, golf is challenging. It’s a sport that can extract a temper from the most mild-mannered people. It’s full of failures and victories. And perhaps, most importantly, it focuses on honesty and etiquette. The rules of golf do not begin with “typical rules,” but with a “guide to etiquette,” or simply put, how to act appropriately on and off the course. In addition to ethics and etiquette, the game also teaches perseverance, hard work, and goal-setting.
Lastly, there are plenty of future benefits for students that choose to play golf in high school. Golf is very prevalent in the business world today. The golf course is commonplace for business to be done, and knowing how to play the game can be very useful to one’s career. The great thing about golf is that, whether a student goes on to win the Masters or can hardly hit the ball, the benefits of golf do not discriminate.