First off, let me introduce myself –– my name is Chris Blanco, and I’m a sophomore cinema and media arts major at Biola University. I live on campus in beautiful Hart Hall with one of my best friends, and I almost always carry a Hydro Flask wherever I go. I adore movies, cats, and food, and prefer organic milk over traditional kinds. My other home is Disneyland, and my favorite ride is Soarin’ Around the World. I love almost all sports, but today I want to talk about one of my favorite sports: golf.
What is fairway Friday? Let me explain: every Friday some pals on my dorm floor go golfing at a local course. It's a tradition that two seniors from my dorm started a few years back, and it's become a great bonding experience for my floor. This was the first fairway Friday that I was able to attend this semester, and I have to admit, I’m a little rusty. During the previous week, we all went to the driving range to practice our swings and try to get some good shots off. It was the first time I’d hit a golf ball in over five years! Naturally, I was hitting horribly at first, but, after I worked my way through 3/4 of the bucket, I was doing surprisingly well. My confidence was boosted enough, and I figured I was ready to jump straight onto the course.
Fast-forward to fairway Friday, we all met up with our clubs and golf attire at 6:15 a.m. Courses are cheaper during early morning hours, and since we're all college students on a budget, the cheaper the better. One of the perks of going to Biola and loving golf is that there are plenty of courses nearby. We decided to try a new course this week in Brea, a city a few miles away from La Mirada. It's only a 9-hole course, but we felt like it was a great course to start out with. There were six of us, so we split into two parties of three in order to keep a good pace. We separated the group by placing the better players against the newbies. I was put into the newbie group because I was definitely not ready to compete with the big dogs yet… just yet.
None of us hit very well on the first hole, but my first shot was straight to the green! My drive was on point all day, but unfortunately my putting game wasn’t as good. I turned too many pars into bogeys due to my awful putting. Although it was frustrating at times, it was a really nice morning altogether, and I learned that I need to practice more before I can start destroying everyone. Luckily for me, everyone else didn’t do well either, and although I won in my party, I would’ve lost against the better players. After we finished the course, we went to Starbucks, and (being the basic dude that I am) I decided to try a pumpkin spice latte. For the record, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. Over all, I’m just glad that I got to spend the morning hanging out with my buds.
Fairway Friday will continue throughout the semester, and I’m really grateful to be living with people that are excited to pick up fun traditions like this. It's people that create community, not the place. Living in a place with such a strong community makes me appreciate Biola even more than I already do.