Chesterton senior Taryn Trusty has felt comfortable on a putting green ever since she was a small child.
When Trusty was young and learning the game, she would ride along on the golf cart with her parents, and she would get a chance to putt when they reached the green.
“What has helped me is that I could putt since I could walk,” she said.
Those putting sessions at a young age helped her develop her short game, which has been a big key to her success.
“She doesn’t hit the ball long, but she has a great short game,” Chesterton coach Dale Hewitt said. “She is our best putter by far.”
Trusty earned the nickname “Big Middle” from an opposing coach while she was winning medalist honors at the Marquette Invitational earlier this season. The coach gave her the nickname because every time he was watching her group, she was hitting the ball into the middle of the fairway or onto the middle of the green.
“It was exciting (to get the nickname) because I have always been used to having such good players on the team,” she said. “To be playing at a position higher than in past years, I was proud to have someone notice that.”
As the only senior on a team that often starts three freshmen, Hewitt said her leadership has been key to the team’s play this year.
“She is definitely one of our leaders,” he said. “The team feeds off her competitiveness and demeanor.”
After having so many upperclassmen for the last two years— three seniors graduated from last year’s team — Trusty said this team has a decidedly different feel. Her assistance has helped them to feel comfortable
“They laugh and talk a lot,” she said of the team. “I need to make sure they are practicing right. I want to become really good friends and let them know they have someone to talk to if they need to.”
Trusty said the team isn’t facing the same outside expectations that previous teams have had, and they are using the lowered expectations as motivation to get better throughout the season.
“This year, people didn’t think we were going to be as good, so there isn’t as much pressure,” she said. “We are just going out trying to prove people wrong.”