How golf helped this teen overcome life’s toughest obstacle

Tired of golf stories about Lexi Thompson’s penalty and the associated fallout, Dustin Johnson’s return from a self-induced back injury, and the USGA’s review of green reading materials?

It’s important to remember that there are golf-related stories that are actually…important. Or at the very least, involving more important matters that are beyond speculation and bickering.

Morgan Comer, a 17-year-old Tallahassee high school student, started experiencing extreme fatigue just after her 16th birthday.

Doctors were left scratching their heads, until testing at Shands Hospital in Gainesville revealed the unthinkable. Comer had a baseball-sized tumor in her lung and another mass in her abdomen. Morgan had cancer, Lymphoma to be precise.

“Laying in the hospital bed for a month, knowing it could be the end right there was a really hard pill to swallow.”

Throughout treatment, Morgan played as much golf as she could.

“Golf really got me through it all. That’s the best thing that could’ve happened to me that I found golf before this all happened.”

She missed a year of high school at St. John Paul Catholic High School in Tallahassee, but again, she was committed to spending as much time on the course as she could.

“We had one bout where chemotherapy caused her to develop kidney stones. Right after surgery, the first question she had for the surgeon was how soon before I can get back out on the golf course? Didn’t matter how much pain she was in, she needed to know,” Morgan’s mother said.

Fortunately, a mid-March scan revealed she was cancer free.

“[The scan] was a Friday, so the weekend, I played golf for the longest time. I was out there the whole entire day.”

Hoping to earn a college golf scholarship, she’ll return to school for her senior year in the fall.

Golf means many things to many people—a good time with friends, a personal challenge, recreation. But the game also offers solace and welcome distraction, particularly during difficult times. This is a platitude we hear plenty, but it’s always good to hear stories like Morgan Comer’s to remind us of the larger possibilities of golf.

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It’s also a welcome reminder that there’s more we can talk about with respect to the game than whether Tour pros should have topographical data in their yardage books.