Athletes devote a lot of time and energy so that they can be the best they can be when they compete. And while the work is important, something else that can have an impact on their success is the people that they look up to and have as influencers in their lives. Perkins-Tryon golfer Kaydence Moody says that the biggest influence in her life is the person that introduced her to the game of golf.
“I look up to my dad as a role model,” she said. “He has taught me everything I need to know about golf and even teaches me very important life lessons. I have played golf since I was in sixth grade and my dad got me interested in golf because he used to work at a golf course and he plays golf all of the time. I also cheer. I have been cheering since I was in second grade and watching college cheerleaders on television and in person got me interested.”
Kaydence is in her senior year and already has her plans set for her life after high school.
“My plans after high school are to receive my undergrad from Oklahoma State University and further my education in dermatology.”
Throughout her golf career, Kaydence has enjoyed her time competing on the golf and cheer teams. She says that some of the memories she has made will last with her for a long time.
“The best part about playing sports in school is all the friendships that are created throughout the years and also getting to meet other people from different schools,” she said. “My favorite memory is last year, my junior year when we got to stay in a hotel before regionals and we just had a lot of fun hanging out in the room. My favorite memory during a tournament was this year, my senior year when my team got to play together and we had a lot of laughs and even cried some.”
The teammates that she competes alongside have been there for her no matter what is going on.
“My teammates mean a lot to me,” she stated. “They also help me to be my best and always cheer me up when I am down. I am the only senior this year and I am really going to miss all of my teammates and the memories we have created this year when I graduate.”