Meaningful experiences usually translate into growth in any aspect of life. For Oak Lawn Community High School girls golfer Grace Burke, it was her experience as a caddy that has provided the breeding ground for success.
Even though this is only Burke’s second year of playing golf in high school, she recorded the lowest overall average score on the team for all matches this year. And she definitely performed well at the South Suburban Conference meet by shooting a 109 and at the Illinois High School Association Regional meet by shooting an even more impressive 107.
“Grace has been a great asset to the team,” said head coach Kate Mellone. “Playing last year for the first time really showed through this year. Her knowledge of the game from being a caddy really helped the team. She has been a great leader both on and off the course.”
Most likely the most meaningful experience for Burke may have come just last year in seeing her older sibling Lauren Burke (a 2020 OLCHS graduate) earn a Chick Evans Scholarship to the University of Wisconsin because of her academic success and caddying career. Grace followed in those caddying footsteps and now is finding her own success on the golf course.