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Connected in Tragedy: The USW Golf Team

One year ago, a tragedy that shook the nation took the lives of six members of the USW golf team and their coach, along with a father and son.

Marcus Risen, Jenna Elique

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Published: 7:41 PM CDT March 15, 2023
Updated: 7:41 PM CDT March 15, 2023

March 15, 2022 was a day of unimaginable tragedy, grief and heartbreak… when a horrific crash took the lives of nine people.

This included a father, a son, six members of the University of the Southwest’s golf team, and their coach.

That was one year ago, and we still feel that grief... but for the survivors and the victim’s families, they’ve turned some of that pain into positivity.

They’re healing in their own way, and they’re making sure that the world never forgets the legacy their children left behind.

For some people golf is a staple of their lives.

"A couple of my buddies played golf, and then went to the driving range, and just kind of fell in love with it," USW golfer Dayton Price said.

That's no different for Dayton.

"He was on Team Canada for a couple of years," Dayton's mom Ornella Price said. "And that was a real joyous time for him, and he just developed such a liking for it [...], that he decided that golf was his future."

The same can be said for USW golfer Hayden Underhill.

"I got into golf. I mean, kind of at a young age," Underhill said. "I just fell in love with it and just wanted to continue to play it for as long as I can, and take it, see where it takes me. It's my happy place. I can relax when I'm on the golf course."

Especially when your team feels more like a family. Both Hayden and Dayton were a part of the University of Southwest Golf team last year.

"It was just like your brothers and sisters," Price said. "And I would have never thought in a million years that I would have met some of these people that I did here."

"We're always having fun," Underhill said. "We'd be giving each other some chirps or puns at each other, and just always joke around, keeping it light but always having a good time, and being competitive with each other. We're always just always together having fun no matter what we're doing anywhere."

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