Guyer’s Isabella Washka Excited to Continue Budding Golf Career

Guyer’s Isabella Washka Excited to Continue Budding Golf Career

by Steve Gamel

When Isabella Washka first picked up a set of golf clubs at nine years old, she was expected to struggle just like any other young golfer trying to learn the sport. But she also seemed to be a little further behind the curve than most newcomers.

“It’s a funny story because I remember her coach telling me, ‘she’s one of the sweetest kids out here, but I just don’t think she’s going to be a golfer,’” Isabella’s father, Todd Washka, said with a laugh. “She was very uncoordinated and she struggled. But he gave her some drills, and she was dedicated. Two weeks later he changed his opinion.”

Needless to say, Isabella, a Lantana resident, continued to improve over the years. Not only did she pick up the sport with ease, but she became one of the better female golfers to grace the green at Guyer. Now done with high school, she’ll move on to play Division I golf at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Isabella had offers from a slew of Division I and II programs across the country but ultimately signed with Morehead back in November.

Now, the little girl who struggled to swing a club has a dream of one day playing on the pro tour.

“I remember my dad taking me out to the golf course a lot when he played, and I always felt like it was a really good game,” Isabella said. “I was never the most athletic kid, and it took a lot of dedication and hard work because it’s not like golf is the nicest game to you sometimes. It teaches good life lessons, and I just focused on taking it one day at a time.”

Isabella added, “It feels good to know I am good enough [to play college golf].”

Isabella has always had great coaches in her corner. She grew up receiving private instruction from local pros Marc Brooks and Kelly Kuehne and received a ton of attention from competing in several international tournaments outside of high school. In high school, she had the benefit of being coached by Roddy Adams, who is now the coach at Denton Ryan, and Lance Brown. Isabella was named team MVP all four years at Guyer, was an All-District honoree in three out of her four years, and consistently shot between 72 and 75.

According to her father, no girl at Guyer has won as many golf tournaments individually as Isabella has.

“She was always a quiet, humble girl,” Todd Washka said. “She’s always let her scores do the talking.”

The most important element to this story and something that likely helped open several doors for Isabella when it came to college golf opportunities has been her commitment to academics. Isabella is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated from Guyer with a 4.67 GPA. Her goal is to one day work in the medical field.

“Ever since I was in elementary school, I can remember wanting to do well in school,” Isabella said. “I wanted straight A’s, and my parents were always there to encourage me.”

Clearly, Isabella Washka is dedicated both on and off the golf course. And that could mean big things for her future.

“Golf is an individual sport, but my biggest motivation is to do what’s best for the team,” Isabella said of her upcoming college opportunities. “I’m extremely blessed to be in this position.”

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