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Post Oak senior Liam O’Gorman gets ready to strike a golf ball.
One thing that sets the Post Oak High School apart from other Houston-area high schools is their multitude of student-proposed and mostly student-led activities. One of these activities is January Term, or J-Term for short. In essence, it is a two week long opportunity for the students of Post Oak to explore other interests outside of academics. It takes place the first two weeks after winter break and is always a student favorite.
This year, one of the options for J-Term was golf. Open to students of all golfing capabilities, it was by far the most selected J-Term. Almost thirty of the ninety high school students chose to take golf for J-Term. Although it was not my first choice, I am certainly glad I had the chance to take part. My fellow golfing classmates and I got to learn about everything from golf history to etiquette, how to properly move on a golf course so you don’t hold people up, and so much more. We even got to play on a real course as well as hone our skills at a private practice facility.
The first week was mainly spent learning history and technique and practicing at the private practice facility. We also took this time to read a book by golfing legend Ben Hogan, which helped us all hone our swing and grip tremendously. To conclude the first week of our golf J-Term, the coordinator and main teacher of the course, Mr. Roddy, took us all out to Top Golf for a couple of hours.
As for the second week, we spent considerably more time on the practice course and a real course. Although it was tough and gave us all a good workout, it was certainly better than being stuck inside a classroom all day. To conclude the second week and J-Term as a whole, we were treated to pizza for lunch on Friday, a skills test, and a casual 3-hole tournament. Top Golf was more enjoyable, but pizza and fun tournament on a nice sunny day was still much appreciated.
At the end of J-Term, there was much chatter about how much fun getting to play golf was, so I think there will almost certainly be another golf J-Term opportunity right around the corner. It was some of the best fun I’ve ever had at school, and I look forward to doing it again soon.