Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Close to Home
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Staying close to home was beneficial for senior Katie Christy. “Many times I would go home for dinner and talk with my parents about golf and school and they were always there to listen and give advice and support me in everything I do,” she said.


A four-year letterwinner at Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, Christy led the team to two-consecutive region championships and finished runner-up in the state championships her senior year.


The former walk-on has provided depth to Arizona’s talented squad over the past four years. In 2004, Christy shot her Wildcat career-low tournament at the Mountain View Collegiate, held in Tucson. The communications major shot a one-under-par 71 in the second round of the event, helping her to a three-round score of 237 (+21).


“My experience on the golf team has been awesome,” Christy said.  “I have grown so much as a player and a person over the past four years and realize how truly lucky I am to have been given this opportunity. My best golf moment at Arizona was when I holed out a fried egg bunker shot at our home tournament for par! I was laughing so hard after I made that shot because I didn't even think I could get it on the green, and it was for par!”


During the summer of 2003, Christy was chosen by Head Coach Greg Allen to travel with an NCAA all-star team to tournaments in Japan, Korea and Thailand. “It was a once in a lifetime experience.  I saw the other side of the world and experienced completely different cultures and was really open minded about other cultures and their ways of life.  It benefited my game because I learned how to handle the tolls of traveling and playing and the mental-physical exhaustion that comes from that.  I also played courses in severe weather conditions that would make the heat in Tucson seem like nothing.”


Christy hopes to take away from this experience all the memories and experiences. “I learned first to never take yourself too seriously. Any sport is just a game, after all. Cherish your time in college with your teammates and coaches, because it flies by so quickly.  I also learned that winning is great, but it is through losing that you learn so much and become a stronger, smarter person in the long run.”