Although Maddie Hahn didn’t begin playing golf until her freshman year at Orange Lutheran, her hard work and competitive drive have pushed her to the top of her game. Now a junior, Hahn enjoys the individual aspect that is unique to this team sport.
“It’s a lot different than a typical team sport,” says Hahn of golf. “You still have to perform individually. I really enjoy that part.”
Hahn came into this year with the goal of breaking 40 on the score sheet, something the 17-year old accomplished in the first week of the season when she shot a 37. Her efforts on the links have helped to guide this year’s varsity squad to an at-large berth in the CIF-SS Division Team Championships beginning Monday, October 29.
“Maddie is a fierce competitor,” says OLu girls golf head coach, Dustin Boburka. “She works relentlessly at her craft and strives to be the best. Her work ethic, passion and commitment are all qualities that, as a coach, you want in all of your players.”
In her role as a captain, Hahn is a key communicator between the coaching staff and her teammates. As they prepare for each match, prayer plays a large role in aligning their hearts and minds.
“I like that as a Christian school, we are able to show our faith,” says Hahn. “We can show more of who we are by being in this environment. We don’t have to hide anything about us.”
As a dual sport athlete, Hahn also plays basketball for the Lancers and serves on OLu’s Student Athlete Leadership Training Council, where she works with fellow student athletes in enhancing school spirit and community.
A true sports fan, Hahn makes time to watch other sports every chance she gets and hopes to pursue a career in the sports field. The Placentia resident credits her coaches and parents, especially her father, with pushing her to be the best she can be and instilling the idea of never giving up.
“You’re going to have bad days, and you’re going to have bad rounds,” says Hahn. “But then you’ve got to come out there the next day and just do the best you can. You still have the next day to try and improve.”by By Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88