Athlete of the Week: Lydia Grond

Feature Q&A with Lydia Grond

Finished in the top four of each of the first three Siouxland meets


When did you first start playing golf?

I think when I was around 12 or 13. I don’t really remember but I didn’t really get into it until I was in high school.

What do you enjoy about the sport?

The individual aspect — you are the only one who can make yourself better.

What is your favorite kind of golf shot to hit (drive, chip, putt, etc.)?

Probably like a 30- to 50-yard pitch. I also love the sound of hitting a long iron clean.

What is the most important trait for a good golfer?

Mental toughness. It is really hard to be able to pick yourself up when things aren’t going well. You don’t have teammates that are around you during a meet, so you have to be the one to fight through it.

When the spring season was canceled last year, how long did it take before you were back on the course? Did you find yourself playing more or less than normal during the early portions of the pandemic when golf courses first opened?

As soon as I could get on the course, I did. I played or practiced almost every day during the past spring and summer.

What is your favorite course to play on?

This past summer I played at Pierre’s Hillsview Golf Course, and I really enjoyed playing it.

What course have you never played but would like to?

Any PGA or LPGA course would be cool to play.

Besides your own, which school has the coolest mascot?

Probably the West Lyon Wildcats.

What is something about yourself that might surprise people?

I love spending time at our lake house, and I used to love to fish.

What skill would you like to have that you do not possess?

I would love to be able sing well.

You are having lunch in the clubhouse between nines. What do you order?

Either a chicken sandwich or a salad with chicken.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Anatomy and physiology or physics.

What is your ideal future job?

A pharmacist or biomedical researcher.