By Sarah Blackburn
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
Think finals are stressful? Try taking three in one morning and then getting on a plane to go play in the NCAA Women’s Central Golf Regional.
Senior Hannah Burke handled this situation with the same collection and ease she has shown throughout the past four years with the Baylor golf program.
Burke, who came to play for Baylor all the way from Hertfordshire, England, is the only senior on the team. Even with such a big role in the program, she has continued to be a successful player while always putting her team before her own personal goals.
“[She] thinks team first, which is really amazing to have her do that and we need that leadership and it has paid off for us,” Head Coach Sylvia Ferdon said. “I just looked at her stats and she’s 36th in the country in scoring and that has elevated our program.”
Burke sets the example for her teammates, taking on her role with responsibility and leadership.
“She’s carried the load,” Ferdon said. “She’s carried it with a great deal of pride for Baylor and her team.”
The Baylor golfer from across the pond has indeed set the bar high.
Burke is the first three-time All-Big 12 performer in Baylor Women’s Golf program history. Burke said she even exceeded her own expectations with that record.
“That’s huge,” Burke said. “I came out here as someone to just play some golf and see how I did and now being a senior and being able to break these records is amazing. My dad always says records are meant to be broken so breaking them is definitely fun.”
When she isn’t on the golf course breaking records, Burke stays busy with her academics as an exercise physiology major. She’s also making memories with her teammates that mean just as much to her as her athletic accomplishments do.
“It’s definitely flown by. The four years have gone extremely fast,” Burke said. “I still can’t believe I’m a senior. It’s a little scary, but I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
She can’t pin point just one favorite memory, listing road trips, sing-a-longs in the van with all the girls and team trips to places including the Grand Canyon, Vegas and Puerto Rico.
“There’s too many,” Burke said. “We do too much fun stuff to just have one. I’d like to do it all over again really.”
Burke is finishing her four years as a Baylor golfer with memories, friendships and a strong athletic record. She will be staying on campus for one more full academic year then graduating with hopes to qualify for the Futures Tour.
Being the only senior in the program this year, Burke is leaving her mark with her standing golf records and the advice to her teammates to treasure every minute.
“Just slow down and take it all in,” Burke said. “Everything goes by extremely fast. Just live for every moment. We get to travel to some amazing places and play some amazing golf courses, and I think we take that for granted a lot of the time so I’d say slow down and just take it all in.”