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Jadin Ware signs with University of North Georgia

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Goddard golfer Jadin Ware signed to continue her education and golf career at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. Front row, from left, Stacy Ware, mom; Jadin Ware; and Jason Ware, dad. Back row, from left, Goddard girls golf coach Fernando Sosa; and Carleton Blewitt, swing coach. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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All the great golfers have it, the ability to perform on the biggest stage when everyone is watching. Goddard’s Jadin Ware is oblivious to pressure, and not afraid to put herself out there in a game of chance, winner takes all.

Jadin Ware (Submitted Photo)

For Jadin, it’s about being single-minded in pursuit of victory. She’s attacked everything she’s ever done, from academics to dancing and golf, with a belief in herself that she is the best and deserves to be No. 1.

It was that belief in herself that had Jadin standing fearlessly on the first tee at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia, with the eyes of the golf coach and the golf team on her.

It didn’t matter that Jadin was paired with the team’s No. 1 player and an All-American. Jadin said she was nervous but the moment wasn’t too big for her as she stood over the ball and whacked it off the tee, letting everyone know she was ready to play golf. 

“I was nervous,” Jadin said. “You can’t let your nerves get the best of you. I just decided to play it one shot at a time.”

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While on her campus visit, before Jadin ever hit the tee shot, another school called offering her a full scholarship. Not wanting to waste the opportunity and with no guarantees from the University of North Georgia, Jadin said she played her best golf and toured the campus.

She said the campus and team felt like home. The atmosphere seemed like a place Jadin wanted to learn and grow for four years while perfecting her game.

A week later, Nighthawks’ coach Sierra Campbell, who is from Rio Rancho, called and offered Jadin a scholarship.   

“I was looking at some other schools,” Jadin said. “When I went to UNG (University of North Georgia) it seemed to be a perfect fit. After I toured the college, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Jadin says one of the ways she tries to win is by playing the course and doing her best, because she knows if she does those things, she has a good chance to beat her opponent.

Jadin said her parents, Jason and Stacy Ware, knew their daughter was destined for good things when she was young. Jadin started golfing at 4 years old and did the First Tee program at New Mexico Military Institute.

One of the strongest parts of Jadin’s game heading into college is that she is long off the tee. She says she can hit the ball 260 yards, and with a year of growing into her body and weight training at the college level, there is a good chance Jadin might be able to push the ball 270-280 yards down the fairway.

The other part of her game Jadin hopes to improve on is putting and chipping. She knows the adage, “drive for show, putt for dough.” With her dream of being a professional golfer, she knows her short game will determine whether she wins or loses tournaments.

“Jadin is energetic and competitive,” Goddard girls golf coach Fernando Sosa said. “She keeps striving to do her best. I firmly believe in this talented individual and know that she will excel in any endeavor she chooses to do in the future.”

Jadin says her dream is to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association and follow former Goddard alums Nancy Lopez and Gerina Piller one day.

During this pandemic, Jadin plays golf twice a week with her dad, Jason. Other days she spends on the range and putting green. She says it is hard for her to stay sharp because of the lack of competition. She will continue to work with her swing coach, Carlton Blewitt.

“Jadin is first and foremost a quality young lady,” Blewitt said. “She works hard at both academics and golf. She will be an asset to the university she chooses to continue her education, as well as her budding golf career.”

Jadin says she has been to state three times and had a chance at making it five times. Because of COVID-19, Goddard golf season was canceled last year, but she is still waiting to hear about it this year. Jadin said the better her competition is, the better she plays. 

“Jadin is a hard worker,” Blewitt said. “As her longtime swing coach, I know she is just getting started to reach her full potential. We will miss her at Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River next fall, but myself and the staff are excited to follow her career going forward.”

Jadin says one of the areas she has grown in is being able to keep her emotions in check when things are not going her way. When she is away, she knows her dad is just a phone call away. She relies on the advice her dad has given her, which is to always stick to her own game and be honest.

“The one thing I have stressed to Jadin,” Jason Ware said, “is to finish. Finish your round.”

Her mother, Stacy Ware, always tells her to stay in her own swing and not to get an attitude. Coach Fernando Sosa has helped calm her down in high school tournaments.

She says the one thing she has going for her is currently there are relatively few left-handed women on the LPGA tour. The men have Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Mike Weir, all are left-handed players on the PGA Tour.   

After dancing for 13 years, Jadin said her true love was on the links. She said dance wasn’t a total waste because it gave her a strong core to help her with her golf game.

Jadin will graduate in white and is in the top 20 in her class at Goddard in the spring. When she is done playing golf, Jadin said she would like to be a forensic scientist.

“It means the world to me to get a scholarship and be able to golf,” Jadin said. “All the hard work has finally paid off. I was so terrified that I was not having a season that I might not get a scholarship; it is such a relief now. This place (University of North Georgia Nighthawks) is the perfect fit for me.”

Sports editor J.T. Keith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 304, or sports@rdrnews.com.