From Alaska to Florida, Fernandina’s Anika Richards wins All-First Coast golf | Panda Anku

What’s it like to grow up playing golf in Alaska? 

Well, in Anika Richards’ case, more wildlife than humans witnessed her first hole-in-one. 

Richards, a Fernandina Beach High graduate and the 2022 Times-Union First Coast high school girls golfer of the year, was playing with a friend at the Anchorage Golf Course in July of 2017 when she was 13 years old, with her mother Shelby walking with them. Before teeing up at the long 191-yard par-3 13th hole, they noticed a mother brown bear and her cubs behind the green. 

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Golf course employees in Alaska have a standard procedure for chasing bears and moose away from playing areas: they simply drive slowly towards them in golf carts and invariably they run away into the woods. 

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