An Interview with Hannah Savidge, 16 year old Golfer Extraordinaire

As at only 16 years of age, sophomore Hannah Savidge of Wilson Memorial High School became the captain of her school’s golf team. This is quite an accomplishment in and of itself, but it’s made even more impressive, because Hannah is the only girl on her all-boys team, making her the only female golfer in the Shenandoah District. hannah savidge Hannah is the granddaughter of two of our Iris Inn guests, Jack and Clem, who visit every so often to see their granddaughter play. Jack and Clem proudly say of their granddaughter, “She is too much – made captain of the all-boys, except her, H.S. team as a sophomore at age 16. College scholarship in the making.” We recently had the chance to interview Hannah, so keep reading to learn more about this extraordinary young woman: How long have you been playing golf and what inspired you to begin? “I started playing golf when I was 11. My dad is really into golf and he had just gotten new clubs, so we went to the driving range and I began hitting his old clubs. When he realized I was hitting them well, we purchased my own set and that is where it all started.” Are your teammates supportive of having a girl play with them? “My teammates are very supportive. They are very encouraging, and they always watch out for me. This year we’ve gotten extremely close and I look at them like my brothers.” Do you plan to continue golfing in college? I would absolutely love the chance to play golf in college. A few schools have shown interest and it’s all very exciting. Do you have any words of encouragement for other female athletes? “To female athletes competing against all males, my advice would be to not become intimidated. Being intimidated and nervous was the biggest challenge I faced when I started playing against the guys. Soon though, I realized that most of them were really nice and I was on their skill level. So be confident and do not worry what others think.” We wish Hannah the best of luck!
Photo by The News Leader

Photo by The News Leader