North Attleborough High School student Jillian Barend plans to continue golfing as a Division 1 athlete. Bare, who plays on the school’s golf team, plans to enroll at St. Francis.
Why was golf your sport of choice?
I was trying to find a sport that worked for me and my personality. I played basketball, played a lot of sports. I tried a lot of different things. Then I kind of picked up golf—my mom played when she was younger—I just kind of picked it up and it really fit my personality and I just really started to like it.
How has this benefited you?
I have a lot of experience playing with different people, learning to communicate with different people. You have to learn how to push yourself on your own. I have a coach, but when I go out to practice, I’m by myself, I need to know what drills to do then. I don’t have a coach who tells me what to do then.
How do you train for golf?
I spend a lot of time at the putting green doing different drills [and] at the range, I go back and forth. I play a lot. You figure out a lot of things as you’re playing. You learn what your average distance is, how far you hit, and try to gain distance over time. In my high school season, my average hit count was 38. My lowest score for 18 holes is 71.
What are your plans for after high school?
I’ve already committed to play Division 1 golf for St. Francis University. It’s a small school in Pennsylvania, but it’s Division 1, so I’m excited. I always wanted to play after high school. For a major, maybe Psychology. I’m taking AP Psychology class and I really like it.