Emma Hjarne '12 commits to Towson
Emma Hjarne ’12 said her senior season on the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Golf team isn’t going as well as she would have hoped.
But the spring hasn’t been a complete loss: Hjarne received a partial scholarship to play Division I golf at the collegiate level, and she once again has things lined up to play golf overseas throughout the summer.
Hjarne has committed to play at Maryland’s Towson University, which competes in tournaments all along the east coast throughout the school year.
“It’s such an honor to be able to play at such a competitive level all the time and be able to set new goals in the game of golf,” said Hjarne, a three-handicap golfer who has been playing competitively for four years.
“I’ve been in such cold climates in Sweden and the northeast so I was attracted to playing golf year-round. But I didn’t want to go too far south because I’m not in love with extremely warm weather, so I’m going right in the middle and I think that’s the best possibility.”
As she has done since her youth, Hjarne and her family will head to Sweden for the summer. The 17-year-old will spend much of her time on the golf courses along the southern coast.
“It’s so different. I get two types of golf games,” Hjarne explained. “It’s exciting being able to speak the language, as well, and getting a different feel for the golf in Sweden.
(The golf in Sweden is) so different compared to the golf in the United States. It’s almost two different games, in a way. There are more people who play golf in Sweden compared to the U.S., and you can find more girls (playing), so it’s very different. It’s more acceptable to play golf in Sweden.”
Hjarne had her college choices narrowed down to the University of Richmond and Ithaca College before settling on Towson. She said her mental approach should help her at the college level.
“It’s very easy to get discouraged and lose that mentality of staying focused, but I think I have a good grasp of that, which helps me with my golf game and helps me play consistently,” she said.
Hjarne hasn’t had a stellar spring for WMA, but a nine-hole six-over part 42 April 25 at The Ledges Golf Course in South Hadley is a sign the season could be heading in the right direction.
“I’ve had a rough start,” Hjarne admitted. “I hadn’t played since August so I took a long break from golf. I had to start fresh, which was hard but I’m working my way back and hopefully things will get better soon.”