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La Feria grad Prado continuing her golfing ways at Marymount California University

Isabel Prado, a 2017 graduate of La Feria High School, is now a star golfer at Marymount California University, which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes in southern California. Photo courtesy Isabel Prado

By BILLY WATSON
LFN

In 2017, La Feria high school senior Isabel Prado became a Mariner by inking her national letter of intent to play golf at Marymount California University. It had always been a goal of hers to play collegiate golf and live in California, and both came true by signing her name on the dotted line three years ago.

Fast-forward to the present day and Prado is still doing what she loves: Playing golf and swinging the golf clubs on some of the most beautiful and scenic views on the West Coast.

Heading into this golf season at MCU, Prado is hoping to get into professional qualifiers while also trying to reach nationals at school.

“Baby steps first,” Prado said during a recent online interview with Rio Sports Live. “I can play little qualifiers and things like that for the time being. So, in the future, that’s still a big goal for me, for myself. Depends on how I do for this season. If I feel like I need to take another year and play at the college level, then I’ll do it, but if I feel like I’m ready to try and play at these pro tournaments, then I won’t take my extra year.”

The coronavirus hit hard in many places throughout the country, and Prado was in California when the pandemic first broke out in March. Luckily, she made it safely home to La Feria before things got too bad. She just recently returned to California, however, to start practicing for the upcoming golf season.

Nonetheless, during normal times in southern California, Prado loves living right by the beaches and going to class among scenic views. In addition to school and golf, she enjoys taking in what California has to offer.

“I just love going to the beaches and everything,” Prado said, “spending my time outside just on the beach is my favorite thing to do. For the most part, I would just say I really love the people here. They’re just so great.”

Prado had to adjust when she first got to Marymount, living without a car and, of course, adapting to the change of moving from Texas to the West Coast.

“My first two years here, I didn’t have a car, so it was very hard for me to go to the course and do things on my own,” Prado said, “but I always had friends who were like, ‘Hey, do you need a ride? I’ll take you to the course.

I’ll pick you up.’ I always had great support here, too. So, that’s helped a lot.”

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