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Girls

Female Most Valuable Athlete of the Week: Reese Clark

Clark shot a 35, leading the Vikings to a new nine-hole record 149 in the conference-opening win over Batavia and Glenbard North

Reese Clark
Reese Clark

Name: Reese Clark

School: Geneva, sophomore

Sport: Golf

Why she was selected: Clark shot a 35, leading the Vikings to a new nine-hole record 149 in the conference-opening win over Batavia and Glenbard North. Clark, in her second year on varsity, caught up with Chronicle sports reporter Jacob Bartelson to discuss her affinity for golf, advice for young players and more. Below is an edited transcript.

Bartelson: How were you inspired to play golf?

Clark: Before golf, I was playing soccer and basketball but wanted to try something different. One of my sister's friends, [former Geneva star] Darby Lillibridge, played golf and i became interested in what an individual sport could be like.

Bartelson: What advice do you have for younger female golfers hoping to play on varsity one day?

Clark: [Some] advice I'd give to a young golfer is to stay patient and true to the process. Success is not a easy destination, and going through ups and downs is something everyone experiences in life. Golf is a process and a long one I'm still learning from.

Bartelson: Why is the sport important to you?

Clark: Golf is important to me because I think it’s brought me so many valuable relationships and has built my character in ways I didn’t expect. Over the last five years, I have learned so many valuable lessons that transfer outside of golf, and the people I’ve met on the course makes it all worth it.

Bartelson: Do you have any pre-match rituals you like to do? Favorite food or music?

Clark: Before any match or tournament, I like to be in the right mental state to keep me positive during the round. Right before I tee off, I make sure to tell my parents I love them and hug them because their support means a lot. However, my ritual for after any good round is my parents treating me to my favorite tacos at Altiro {Latin Fusion Restaurant]!

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