By Ben Murphy
Golfing countless evenings with her father has transformed Farwell junior Bria Colosky from an ordinary golfer into one of the best in the state.
“My dad (Dennis Colosky) bought me my first set of clubs when I was five and we’ve been golfing ever since,” Bria Colosky said, adding she has had several other influential mentors and coaches. “I honestly wouldn’t be the golfer I am today without my dad. He’s taught me everything I know. We watch golf together so we can bond over that and we try the tips they talk about on TV and try them trial and error together.”
Colosky finished in ninth place in the division four state tournament as a sophomore and finished 10th as a freshman. She also competes in numerous amateur tournaments throughout the off-season. Her high school head coach, TJ Staley, believes that her potential is limitless.
“If she continues to practice like she has so far this year she could add state champion to her resume,” Staley said. “She is capable of shooting par on a tough course like Bedford Valley and that would put her in contention. In years past she has improved from just getting on the course and playing. She has dedicated herself to being a better practice player this year. I am proud of her for spending more time on the range and around the putting green.”
A state championship isn’t something that Colosky is afraid to talk about, in fact she strives for one.
“Last year about five or six of the girls were seniors so they’re going to be gone this year,” Colosky said. “If I shoot the way I know I can take at least fifth this year and hopefully by next year I can reach my ultimate goal. Hopefully we can get back to states as a team this year, but my ultimate goal would be to win a state championship.”
If it wasn’t obvious already, golf isn’t just a hobby for Colosky, it’s a passion she hopes to have for a lifetime.
“Golf means everything to me honestly,” she said. “I try to work hard at it because I know that it’s something that will make me a better person in the future and get me through school hopefully.”
Colosky has tied the individual 18-hole school record (74-Emily Rhody) and has been close to the nine-hole record of 35 (Rohdy). Reaching those marks, winning a state championship and competing at the collegiate level, perhaps at her dream school University of Michigan continue to drive her.
“I would love to play college golf,” she said. “I don’t know how far I’d take it after college but I really hope that college golf is in my future. I’m trying to practice every day and work out the little kinks here and there. I’m just trying to devote more of my time to it and work out the technical errors and keep shooting in the 70s.”