Beyond Bounds: Who Exactly Is All-American Golfer Molly Erickson?
Molly Erickson’s the reigning MIAC MVP, and seeing the St. Olaf women’s golfer took second at the Division III National Championships last year, she could be wearing a crown at the end of this season.
Yes, the MIAC Championships are this weekend, but the national tournament is next spring. While that frustrates no one more than Erickson — the waiting game is brutal — this spunky senior All-American has more to her than a sound short game.
But who exactly is Molly Erickson?
Well, she’s …
Capitalizing on a head start
“My dad (Richard) started me playing golf when I was a 3-year-old. I was the only of my three siblings to keep it going.”
More skilled than Nick Cannon
“I was on drum line from sixth grade through high school – I could definitely out-duel Nick Cannon. I would have continued music at St. Olaf if it weren’t for golf being a two-season commitment.”
Hoping to emulate her Dad
“I love how hard-working he is. He didn’t go to college. He worked his way up being a manager at Radio Shack and then started Comtech Marketing. He’s now traveling to China several times a year. He’s really good at what he does.”
“I have a huge desire to sing like Beyoncé. I think that would be the coolest. ”
On the green every day – no, seriously
“I spend a lot of time on my short game. We are allowed one day off a week, either a Monday or Tuesday, and I never took that day off after a tournament. The season goes by so fast, so I just wanted to put as much in as I could. Spending those extra hours sharpened my short game.”
(Note: Erickson went from being just a freshman seeing playing time on the Oles team, to being the nation’s second-best in two years)
A champion – and it’s very likely
“The only way I can improve upon last year is to win (the national tournament).”
Hoping for a career as a health-oriented writer – maybe
“I thought I wanted to do physical therapy (her major is exercise science). I love the health field, but found out I also love writing. I will either go to PT school, or try to write for a fitness-based journal. We’ll see what happens.”
Planning to be first in line for the highly anticipated “Arrested Development” movie
“I am really excited for it, actually. It’s my favorite show.”