Full time T-Bird putts up with a full schedule
By Taylor Poe- Staff Reporter
T-Birds sophomore Hansgen is a two-sport athlete, playing for the basketball and golf team.
"It is really hard, especially because I try hard and do both year round. Currently being full swing for golf season, I still work out at least four days a week for basketball because I need to continue to work at it to reach my full potential," said Hansgen.
There aren't many days off on her calendar with school work on top of that. She said it's been tough but she manages really well.
"I came up here initially for basketball and they offered me a scholarship to be a part of the inaugural golf team for Highline," said Hansgen, who is originally from Salt Lake City. "I could not turn down that opportunity."
She is on scholarship for both sports, basketball covering one quarter, and golf covering two.
Hansgen's biggest motivation throughout this season is knowing that this could be her last year playing golf competitively. She wants to make as much improvement as she can.
"I try to set little goals each tournament that typically change from the first day to the second, usually things like three putts or setting certain amount of greens that I hope to get on in regulation," she said.
Although she has improved from last season, Hansgen said she struggles most with not being as consistent as she needs to be.
In golf, you have to be mentally strong, and for Hansgen it's a piece of cake.
"I think that my strength is definitely my mental strength. It's easy in golf to give up on a round after a bad hole, or even a bad shot, but I am pretty good at not coming down from that like a lot of people do," said Hansgen.
Next year, Hansgen is planning on going to school at Booklyn College in New York to finish out her education in psychology, and her basketball career.