- Sep 9, 2015
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Isabella McCauley has found a way to tame her nerves on the course — by being her friendly self.
Of all the advice her dad has given her, one saying has always stood out to Isabella McCauley. It's not your score that counts. It's your character.
Sean McCauley has spoken those words dozens of times, but his daughter pondered them in a fresh way this spring. While her college golf career was off to a strong start, Isabella believed she could benefit from fine-tuning her mental approach on the course.
With her dad's wisdom in mind, the Gophers freshman strived to be someone her playing partners would remember, for reasons other than her scorecard.
"When we were done with the round, I wanted them to think of me as a really great person, not just a golfer,'' McCauley said. "It's way more enjoyable and a lot less stressful. And it seemed to really make a difference.''
That small adjustment has helped propel McCauley to an unforgettable college debut. The former Simley High School star from Inver Grove Heights is one of two Gophers to qualify for one of the six NCAA women's golf regionals. Her regional will begin Monday in Westfield, Ind.