The definition of confidence is the feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something; that you have a firm trust in an ability or outcome.
All golfers need it. Performing at the highest level requires supreme belief in yourself and the process you have worked to master. Normally, that confidence comes with age and experience. You have to get over the angst of youth; the inherent worry and doubt that accompanies adolescent and teen years. To gain the kind of confidence needed to execute in an individual and unyielding game, you have to have done it enough times to know you can do it again. But at this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., players who are barely old enough to drive, who have yet to cast a vote in an election outside their local schools, who are miles away from things like buying a drink or renting a car, are showing that confidence can come at an early age.
Bentley Cotton, 17 Photo: Copyright USGA
“Making it into match play, I just had a lot of confidence,” said B...
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