LENOX – Lenox’s own Katelyn Belding signed her letter of intent Wednesday to play golf at Southwestern Community College this fall.
The decision to head to SWCC is one that Belding feels confident in, knowing it’s a way to stay close to home and get acclimated to a collegiate lifestyle.
“I wanted to stay closer to home, just for about a year or so to get adjusted and then head off on my own,” Belding said.
Belding was a multi-sport athlete at Lenox High School, participating in golf, volleyball and basketball throughout her four years in attendance.
With all the sports to choose from, Belding picked golf because of the challenges and rewards she gains as an individual.
“Golf is a very frustrating yet rewarding sport, for myself. You can always improve,” said Belding. “But it’s an individual sport and I like challenging myself.”
The workload of sports nearly all year long forced Belding to keep a busy, but organized pace.
“I would say definitely getting your priorities straight and then your schedule,” said Belding. “You’re definitely on a schedule for everything and it just helps with school and all your sports stuff.”
SWCC head golf coach Doug North was in attendance for the signing and is excited to get Belding on board.
“Katelyn is a local girl with a lot of talent and she’s had a lot of success. Biggest thing is academics, she is super intelligent. I think with some coaching she will definitely improve,” said North. “She is a hard-worker, so that is a big check mark for me. I like people that’ll buy in and want to be a part of a team and enjoy golf and that’s exactly what she brings.”
Belding will join Ashton Carter of Creston, who signed with the SWCC golf program in late December.