|High School:||Fredonia HS|
Marina Kessler is a freshman member of the Jayhawk golf team for Jamestown Community College. She is studying Biotechnology and after graduation will transfer to SUNY Fredonia to major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Kessler played golf and tennis in high school at Fredonia, and she served as the captain of both. Her favorite sports team is the Buffalo Sabres.
This week’s spotlight athlete is Marina Kessler, a freshman member of our golf team. She decided to come to JCC because she enjoyed the small class sizes that were offered. Marina was also interested in our golf team, so knowing that she would have the opportunity to play while also having a great education experience were important factors in her role to come to JCC.
Marina is also the lone girl golfer on our team, when asked about that she said, “I don’t really feel that different in terms of being the only female golfer. I just didn’t want to stop playing competitively after high school, I really just love the game.”
When on campus, Marina enjoys spending time in the Biotechnology lab in the Science Center and doing lab research. “Our research project is really interesting and it has taught me a lot.”
As for the athletics side, she enjoys the friendships that get made, “Spending 72 hours straight with the same 9 people really allows us to get to know each other. The guys really welcomed me and I had a great time at our tournaments.”
After JCC, Marina plans to attend either SUNY Fredonia, or SUNY Geneseo, and unfortunately she would be unable to continue playing at either place as they do not have golf teams. Yet Marina plans to continue playing for fun with the hopes of possibly playing competitively again in the future.
For other athletes, her advice is this, “Never give up. You will fail, and that’s okay. Just get back up and keep going. In golf, that is really important because if you have one bad hole, you can’t allow the one to affect the rest of your round.”