By Joseph Hayes
It wasn’t exactly the senior year that Marysville High School graduate Jadeyn Sattler had hoped for.
Just as Sattler was ready to go out for the finality of her senior year, including the senior golfing season, the season was delayed and eventually cancelled because of the current pandemic.
During her first three years of competition, Sattler played varsity golf and was in line to play yet another.
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She was a state qualifier three of her four years and was selected as an all-academic All-State choice in 2018.
Due to COVID-19, the 2019 results weren’t tabulated. Before the season began however, Sattler worked to collect donations for the self-funded Marysville girls golf team.
She would generate around 90% of the sponsorships singlehandedly before the annual golf outing fundraiser.
Previously, Marysville finished Sattler’s junior season as the undefeated, regional champions, with Sattler one of the team’s co-captains.
“I’m ready,” Sattler said of the college ranks. “I lived a very fast paced life prior to COVID-19 when my senior year came to a sudden, screeching halt. I knew long before my freshman year in order to participate in marching band and golf, I needed exceptional time management skills as well as the blessing from my coach and band director.
“At times, there was overlap between the two but I managed. One, I managed to graduate without getting strangled by my band director because of golf. Until one has lived the band life, one would not understand.
Marching Band Camp is usually the last week of July into the beginning of August. It is one week of marching 11-hours per day, learning the drills, perfecting my music, remaining positive and focused. It requires coordination, focus and stamina. But it doesn’t stop there. It extends through the first week of December. With the exception of MHSAA State Championships, I started each day with 7 a.m. marching band rehearsals during competition season through December in an effort to prepare for Marysville’s Annual Christmas Parade.
“Some of my high school teammates couldn’t comprehend the importance of marching band and my involvement in the MHS Music Program. As a toddler, I started playing around with golf clubs but I also learned music theory, violin and the piano. I taught myself to play the trumpet initially but private lessons were necessary to polish my technique and sound. With that being said, I have had more trumpet lessons than golf lessons.I give God all the glory as I am extremely fortunate that golf feels very natural to me. I am also humbled as I know it is a gift requiring daily mental, physical and spiritual conditioning.
Proverbs 3:5-6 can be attributed as to why I accepted SC4’s offer to play women’s college golf.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
Because Sattler will be a lot less busy this fall not having to manage as much, she expects her performance to take even a bigger step forward.
“This upcoming women’s college golf season will feel like a vacation.” Sattler said. “It will be the first time in four years that I haven’t had to juggle band and golf. Orchestrating academics, work and pre-season golf will be a breeze compared to the: 7 a.m. Marching Band Rehearsals; six hours of academics; three hours of golf practice; trumpet band sectionals and homework every night.
“Friday nights were for suiting up and playing in the pep band at every home football game. Saturday’s were marching band competition days. Sunday afternoons, I always played a round of golf to get back in the groove.
“I anticipate women’s golf to be more challenging and to offer sincere sportsmanship on and off the links. The conceptual knowledge of the rules and etiquette are two of my primary reasons for wanting to play at the collegiate level.I look forward to the team camaraderie and leading the team to an undefeated inaugural season. Even though golf is an individual sport, there is no “I” in team. It takes emotional strength and patience to build a team. My MHS Coach Wendy Palmateer, her husband, Kevin, her parents and brother are people I consider to be like my own family. They have watched me grow as a child golfer to a soon-to-be collegiate golfer. Since age seven-years-old, the Blue Water Community has embraced, supported and sponsored me for the past ten years. I would like to extend a very heart felt thank you. I am committed to continuing to make you proud.”
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