SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Feb. 27, Nicole Eager, a member of South Plainfield High School’s Class of 2015, accepted an offer to attend and play golf at Johnson & Wales University in the fall. Nicole will attend the university’s North Miami, Florida campus on an academic scholarship and will major in sports/entertainment/event management and minor in golf management. She hopes to one day run PGA events and would also love the opportunity to become a teaching pro down the road.
“I am so excited,” said Nicole, who submitted her application last September and heard back from the school the first week of November.
Although she looked into other schools, Johnson & Wales was Nicole’s top choice and the only school she applied to. “I didn’t apply to any others,” said Nicole. “I just really liked everything about the school. Everything – stores, the beach – is really close to the college and within walking distance. The golf program is great and so is the coach.”
The oldest of Stacy and Ed Eager’s two daughters, Nicole was first exposed to golf when she was just six years old. “My dad would take me with him to the driving range. He bought me little clubs so I could hit with him and I really started to like it,” she said.
Nicole joined South Plainfield High School’s golf team freshman year and over the past four years has always been the only female on the 8-10 member team. “It was hard in the beginning. I almost didn’t try out for the team because didn’t like being the only girl,” said Nicole. “Now, I like it better than being on an all-girls team.”
It doesn’t hurt that she’s also really good and can hit a ball further than some adult men. “I play with people all the time who don’t know me and then they see my game and they’re surprised, not because I am a girl but because of my age,” said Nicole.
Nicole spends her summers teaching kids how to golf at a Newark course and also teaches a class for little girls at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. Being a women and being good at golf, said Nicole, definitely has its benefits.
“There aren’t as many women who play golf compared to men so if you get to the point where you are really good you could have a real opportunity,” she said. “Once you see other girls playing, how well you actually play and how far you can take it the end result is really awesome.”