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'Sports are my way of meeting people'

Wendy Wangsgard, a 20-year-old junior at Utah State, should have no trouble meeting people. She looks very nice indeed in plaid shorts, and she is a remarkable golfer and bowler. What is even more remarkable is that, as the pictures above show, she golfs right-handed and bowls left-handed.

Wendy does not come from a particularly sports-minded family. She is a gregarious girl who found in sports a challenge to her considerable native endowments. "I love to compete," Wendy says. "Whether I win or lose I feel better off for having tried to excel."

Wendy is a natural left-hander who has been bowling since she was 13. As a senior in Ogden's Ben Lomond school she won the state bowling championship for high school girls. But Wendy has always had a special liking for the outdoors, and she pestered her golfing father until one day five years ago he took her with him on the course. "The first time I played golf," Wendy now recalls, "I knew this was the game for me. It's so wonderfully scientific. You have to think. And you get to meet so many people." Golf Pro Dean Candland recognized in Wendy a natural athlete, asked her to switch to right-handedness for golf. "Let's give it a try," said Wendy, who had never before done anything right-handed. Three summers later, after winning a slew of minor tournaments, she became a finalist in the state amateur. This summer she repeated and won the Northern Utah Division Tournament to boot. Old hands around Utah's links consider her potentially one of the finest golfers the area has produced.

Has bowling been forgotten? Not at all. Also this summer, while competing in Ogden's grueling World Endurance Bowling Classic, Wendy rolled a 280 game, the highest competitive game ever bowled in Utah by a woman.