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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Golf builds sense of team at MWR Challenge Course

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUFort Campbell, KY – Golf may be one of the last sports that comes to mind regarding the necessity of team-building exercises since that sport generally is considered an individual one.

But not so at the collegiate level where it forces individuals to leave their respective islands to comprise a team total (top four scores count) in each round, often forcing golfers to quickly shake off a bad hole for the betterment of the whole.

The Austin Peay Lady Govs Golf team took part in the MWR Challenge Course, Tuesday afternoon, at Fort Campbell. (APSU Sports Information)
The Austin Peay Lady Govs Golf team took part in the MWR Challenge Course, Tuesday afternoon, at Fort Campbell. (APSU Sports Information)

As the fall golf season is set to begin shortly, Austin Peay State University women’s coach Sara Robson hoped her team would better understand the elements of team when her Lady Govs undertook the MWR Course Challenge, Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Govs accepted the MWR Challenge of climbing the Alpine Tower, a vertical 50-foot high obstacle course. The Lady Govs worked as a team to ascend the many cargo nets, ropes, poles and hanging ladders.  The Lady Govs also participated part in the ropes course.

“Once you get to the top of the tower, you must trust your teammate to safely return you to the ground,” Robson said. “It is a wonderful exercise to not only overcome fears but to realize you can’t do everything on your own. ”

The Lady Govs, who lost a pair of seniors from last year’s team, are extremely young, with just one senior, one junior, four sophomores and four freshmen.

“it was an awesome experience as this new team learns to communicate, trust, work together and push each other as a whole,” said APSU assistant coach Amy McCollum, who took part in the exercise with the Lady Govs.

The women’s golf team was the third Lady Govs team this summer to participate in the team-building course challenge, following the volleyball and soccer teams.

“The challenge course is all about committing to the process and trusting the outcome, leaning—literally—on your teammates to complete the task at hand,” Robson said. “I love how this translates to the golf course in committing to a shot and trusting the result; realizing you can’t win a team championship without leaning on and trusting your teammates. There is no reason to deal with struggles alone when you have a team—a family—to help you.”

Video – Jessica Cathey

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