As a freshman, Sacred Heart’s Olivia Sobaski got her high school golf career off to a flying start, finishing 12th individually at the Class 1 District 3 Tournament and the entire Lady Gremlin team won the district title to advance to Monday’s sectional at Nevada.
“I was really nervous and scared heading into the district,” said the 15-year old Sobaski. “I had a real bad week of practice. I got off to a bad start at the district, but I came back and did it. I qualified for the sectional.”
A freshman at Sacred Heart, Sobaski had a 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale her eighth-grade year at Sacred Heart. She plans to take the ACT either her sophomore or junior year. Sacred Heart does not tabulate individual academic rankings.
“I really don’t know where I will go to college or what I might major in,” said Sobaski. “I’m just kind of looking at a lot of things right now, but I’m concentrating on my freshman year and my academics. I definitely do want to play golf in college.”
Besides the golf and softball teams, Sobaski is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and the Speech team at Sacred Heart.
“Definitely academics are more important than sports,” said Sobaski. “Academics will get you into college but sports can also help do that.”
Students at Sacred Heart can’t take weighted courses until their junior year, but Sobaski is taking Advanced Geometry this year.
Sobaski grew up playing soccer, softball and of course, golf.
“Dad took me out to the course to play when I was real young,” said Sobaski. “It just kind of progressed from there. It wasn’t until the last couple of years that I started to take the game seriously. I saw that I had some talent for the game and I enjoyed it. “
For most of this fall season, Sobaski played #2 on the Lady Gremlin golf team behind three-time state qualifier Alex Bankovich.
She admitted it was hard to pick a favorite sport between golf and softball. She hopes to pitch for the Lady Gremlin softball team next spring.
In her spare time, Sobaski likes to spend time with family and friends and playing in summer golf tournaments.
Sobaski has a younger sister, Claire Sobaski, 12 and a sevent grader at Sacred Heart. She is the daughter of Steve and Julie Sobaski, Sedalia.