/> "Karson has been a good leader. The other girls see how hard she works. She put a lot of work in to get better, and they see how it has paid off.” Beyond the state tournament, Bizzell sees a future on the links — in college and, she hopes, professionally. But her competitive life began on her horse. "I’ve been on a horse ever since I was able to sit up,” Bizzell said. "I started competing when I was 8. When I was little, I wanted to go pro in rodeo.” Bizzell played soccer when she was younger, then picked up volleyball and golf in seventh grade. "I really just played golf to get out of school and eat at good places,” she said. It wasn’t until after her sophomore season — when her scores had dropped from 100s to 80s — that she started taking the game seriously. "My good horse got hurt right before my junior year, so I wasn’t as good without him. It made me change my focus,” she said. "Once I started practicing golf more, I started to see how good I could be, and I’ve just kept that my focus.” It hasn’t always been easy for Bizzell to focus on just one sport. At times in August and September, all three would overlap. But moving forward, Bizzell likes the idea of putting all her efforts into golf, though she hasn’t chosen a college. "Her time has been spread pretty thin with all three sports,” Henning said. "When she gets into college and just focuses on one sport, her game will grow leaps and bounds.”
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