Tuesday Aug 30 2011
Furgeson lands major award from LPGA
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Bailey Furgeson earned a nod from the LPGA in a big way in the form of a $10,000 scholarship. The recent Del Oro High graduate, who now attends St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, joined her sister Cami on the golf team. Although she bypassed scholarship offers from the University of California- Los Angeles and Dartmouth University, Furgeson said the private college was the right choice for her. “I was working at Diamond Oaks Golf Course when I got the call. As you can imagine, this was a very exciting day for me,” Furgeson said. “My sister, Cami, loves attending St. Mary’s University and playing golf for them. St. Mary’s was definitely the right choice for me also!” Furgeson said coach Wes Skidmore’s commitment to academics and St. Mary’s small class sizes were big attractions. She also hasn’t minded getting to spend some quality tee time with her sister. The two have already gotten plenty of practice rounds in. Since Furgeson made the cross-country trek to San Antonio she has experienced a little bit of culture shock. “So far living in Texas is exciting because the people are really nice and the food is fantastic,” Furgeson said. “I’m experiencing a little culture shock moving from Newcastle to our nation’s seventh largest city, San Antonio, but I was ready for college and collegiate golf.” Dorm living has its downsides though. Without a kitchen, Furgeson can’t indulge in one of her favorite pastimes. “I also love cooking desserts, however now that I live in the residence hall I don’t have a kitchen so I’ll just have to love eating desserts,” Furgeson said. Furgeson was first encouraged to play golf through the First Tee of Greater Sacramento. She took lessons for six years from Shawn Kelly, head golf professional the Ridge Golf Course in Auburn. Kelly said he is excited to see how far Furgeson has come in golf. “I’m just so proud of her,” Kelly said. “She worked her butt off to get all of that. She certainly has a lot of game. She’s certainly got enough game to play in college. She is going to have a nice fun college career.” While at Del Oro, Furgeson broke the all-time lowest scoring record on nine holes with a 32. She has a 6 handicap and said she is averaging 38 for nine holes in San Antonio. While the Furgesons played together Del Oro was undefeated for two years in the Sierra Foothill League. Aside from her talent on the green, Furgeson has been committed to giving back through the sport. She logged over 100 volunteer hours a year for the First Tee and was president of the organization’s junior committee. “I realize that I have gone on and on about volunteering and philanthropic efforts, but this is truly my passion in conjunction with golf,” Furgeson said. “My sister and I were each given grants to give the community totaling $2,500 at Pebble Beach as recipients of Wal-Mart/Unilever’s National Community Service Leadership Award.” Furgeson is majoring in English/Communications and hopes to become a lawyer, representing either the LPGA or Coca-Cola. After seeing the philanthropic efforts of both of those organizations, Furgeson said she was inspired to one day use her law degree to further their causes. Furgeson has aspirations of playing in the LPGA, but is aiming to take it one day at a time. “Of course I would love to play in the LPGA,” Furgeson said. “What woman golfer wouldn’t? I am trying to stay ‘in the moment’ with my game. My immediate goal is to play my very best golf while as a member of the St. Mary’s University team.” Reach Sara Seyydin at firstname.lastname@example.org.