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Photo courtesy of Trevecca Athletics Valeria Vargas is looking forward to returning to Trevecca to continue her golf career.

In the middle of unknown times, Valeria Vargas can always rely on golf. It’s a love that keeps her driven to succeed, even in the most trying of times.

“I have always loved the game of golf,” said Vargas, a sophomore at Trevecca who played four years at WCHS. “My love and drive for the game is what has kept me playing competitively for so long. I am a competitive person at heart so competing and wanting to improve my game every year is what draws me in and keeps me wanting to play.”

Vargas was in the midst of preparing for her second year of collegiate golf in March when COVID-19 shut down all sports. Vargas has hoping to show off an improved game, one which has taken off since working with coach David Head.

“I’ve been playing a lot more consistently and better ever since coach Head helped me develop a better swing. I’ve improved a lot by simply managing my time and setting aside a few hours every day to practice golf and my short game a lot,” said Vargas.

She’s not the first to sing the praises of coach Head. Brynn Craven, another former Lady Pioneer golfer, was set to finish her senior year this spring for the Trojans. Craven heaped lot of praise on coach Head during her time and has seen firsthand the growth of her longtime teammate since she’s arrived in Nashville.

“She’s been great. Valeria has grown so much as a person and a player since we played together in high school. It’s been so fun to play with her in college,” said Craven.

The respect is mutual between the pair of Lady Pioneers. Vargas credits Craven for helping her transition to the next level.

“Brynn helped me move in to college when I first got here. I felt welcomed at Trevecca since I played golf in high school with some of the girls that were already on the team,” said Vargas.

Vargas appeared in eight tournaments as a freshman, including participating in the Greystone Cup match play. In the event, Vargas earned her team a point by defeating her opponent from Union University. 

With her sophomore season cancelled, Vargas has adapted. She’s still working out and hitting the books – all while practicing appropriate safety measures.

“I’ve been keeping myself sharp by simply studying for my classes and working out a lot outside since all gyms are closed,” said Vargas. “To be safe, I have been cleaning everything that I have come in contact with constantly as well as washing my hands 24-7 to stay clear of the coronavirus.”

If everything works out, Vargas can go back to being a competitor for the Trojans. It’s been proven as a perfect match for her and her team.

“Trevecca has changed me in many ways as a golfer and as a person. Trevecca has changed my golf game for the better.”