It’s all about the numbers
Senior Freddie Wolford likes numbers.
The senior accounting major from Acworth says he’s always been fascinated by math.
“You know when you’re in elementary school and they ask you what your favorite
subject is or what you enjoy in school? My answer was always math.”
Freddie’s initial plan was to study business, but one course changed his mind.
“I was taking an accounting class for my major, but then I realized how much I
enjoyed it,” he says. “My professor (Dr. Lydia Rosencrants, Professor of Business
and Accountancy) suggested I consider changing my major. I had already started
thinking about it, so that kind of defined my decision.”
He is planning to take the Graduate Management Admission Test soon and will be
applying to graduate schools.
But there is a different set of numbers that is important to Freddie – numbers
like one (as in hole-in-one) or three (as in three under par).
He has been a member of the Panther golf team for four years. In 2012, the team
competed in the national championship. Currently, the team is ranked sixth in NCAA
Division III rankings.
Freddie says he’s been playing golf since he was a freshman in high school.
“At that time, I was going to a private school,” he says. “But they didn’t have
a golf team, so I ended up being homeschooled. We were able to find a team through
He says being homeschooled also offered some flexibility for his golf practice.
“When I finished my school work, usually around noon, I would go to the golf course
and be there until the sun went down. It takes that kind of commitment and practice
to get to a level where you can compete.”
All those hours paid off for Freddie when he made the golf team at LaGrange.
The opportunity to play in tournaments is great, he says, but the best part is
the camaraderie within the team.
“We are like a family,” he says. “We’re always together, and if there is problem,
we fix it. I think that is one of the reasons we’ve been so successful. There is
a real unity within the team.”
He is especially grateful to Lee Richter, Head Coach for golf.
“Coach Richter is a big reason why I chose LaGrange College,” Freddie says. “He
really cares about his players. He started the golf program, and you can see why
it is doing so well.”
Golf can be a solitary sport and takes a lot of mental toughness, he says.
“It’s all you. There is no one else who can help you, no one else who can back
you up as far as your score goes. What you shoot that day is all you, nobody else.”
But there is a fine line between being prepared and being too prepared, he says.
“If you try to add pressure on yourself, you’re adding things into your mind that
you don’t want there. You want to be focused, but also relaxed. If you are stressed
out or worried about what you are going to do, you’re not going to succeed.”
Freddie says one of his favorite things about golf is that you can never perfect
“There are always things to learn. Even the guys who are on the professional tour
are constantly learning.”
What is the most important element about playing golf? For Freddie, the answer
“Fun,” he says with a grin. “You’ve got to have fun.
“At first, when you start playing golf, it is always fun. But the more you play
it and the more you want to get better at it, the more frustrating it gets.
“The hardest thing to do is get past that and remember the fun of the game. If
you have fun, nothing else really matters. You realize it is just a game and that
you are doing what you love.”