Golfer Chases Goals in Prattville

GOLFCLASSICPREVIEW PICOne of the biggest sporting events in the River Region is starting this week in Prattville. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course Capitol Hill is once again the site of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. The tournament features young women from across the nation at all levels of skill. There is a level of commitment from the athletes that is something to be admired no matter who you are.

“It’s something, you know even if you’re not a golfer, you can come out and appreciate the work ethic,” says the director of operations at the course Mike Beverly. “There will be girls out here, you know, at 5:30, we have light towers on the driving range, they get here so early before sunup to start working on their game before their rounds, so to be that level player, especially at an early age, it’s truly dedication.”

And dedication is truly the word to describe Kaylin Yost, a young golfer looking to get back into the world of professional golf. Yost has faced her own unique set of challenges.

“I was born with dislocated hips,” she says. “The doctors told my parents I wouldn’t be able to walk, ride a bicycle, or do anything a normal kid could do. And with God’s miracle and two major surgeries I’m walking and playing golf!”

GOLFCLASSICPREVIEW PIC2Yost is also hearing impaired and has been wearing hearing aids since she was two. What some would see as a disability has not held her back.

“I love being hearing impaired!” she laughs. “I use the deaf card a lot, I turn off people when I want to! It’s definitely made my life a journey having hearing aids. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Yost is playing in the qualifying round of the tournament on Monday, and must be one of the top two players to make it to the rest of the tournament. While her goal is to play professionally, right now Yost is just focusing on one thing at a time.

“It’s my life. I’ve been playing it as long as I can remember, and it’s a passion, it’s a hobby, my dream, and it’s fun.”

Win or lose, any day on the course is a good day for Kaylin Yost.

GOLFCLASSICPREVIEW PIC3“Every day out here, whether I’m playing good golf or not, it’s just a blessing to be out here.”

Tickets for the tournament are still available and can be purchased on line here. There is also still time to volunteer for the tournament, and anyone interested can apply here or call the clubhouse at 334-285-1114.

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