MOBILE, AL | Being good at golf takes a lot of brainpower, especially at the professional level. There are distances to calculate, shots to visualize and statistics to break down. Players must make their way around each new course, deciding where and how to land it, trying to anticipate the capricious blows they are forced to hit multiple times per turn. Not to mention the routine of practice, analyzing every movement of a golf swing, finding the right feel to produce the right ball flight or rate of spin, and the hours spent hitting. blow after blow in search of an unattainable perfection.

With all the thought it takes to effectively put the ball in the hole, you’d think a player would want to give their brain a break off the golf course, watch a mind-numbing reality TV, or scroll through social media. But this is not the case for Selena Costabile. The 23-year-old Canadian spends her time immersing herself in the intricacies of foreign languages.

“I am fluent in English, French and Russian, Spanish also, then Japanese, I am an intermediary,” Costabile said of his hobby. “I always take classes and try to keep pace throughout the year. I speak four fluently, then I learn, always learn one, so (I can speak) five. Learning languages ​​is actually very therapeutic and calming, I would say.

Anyone else would be content to know a few sentences in another language, let alone be pentalingue. But Costabile is not a one-ride pony. Besides being an avid reader, she is a classically trained pianist and has been performing for nearly two decades, specializing in the classical genre. While many musicians say they hear tunes in their heads in the course of their daily activities, Costabile does not have Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” or Mozart’s “Requiem” in rehearsal when she is on class. , focusing instead on the task at hand.

“I always play the piano as much as I can,” she said. “This year, in fact, I couldn’t go home for about four or five months, so I couldn’t go and play the piano. But I just moved to Florida, so hopefully I’ll buy myself a piano and continue my practice. I like to play classical music. I grew up playing classical music and never really changed the genre of music I play. It’s just really soothing and therapeutic. So when I have an off season, I’ll try to learn new parts.

“I meditate, so with my meditation music it’s kind of like calming classical music, so I always try to keep that kind of air in my head. But when I play I’m pretty focused on my shots here. “

Surprisingly, Costabile gave up the traditional college golf course, turning pro a year after graduating from high school, and began pursuing his goal of playing on the LPGA Tour. As she now studies at Queen’s University with an appropriate major in Global Studies, golf is still her top priority and she is more determined than ever to make her dreams come true, even if that means her studies are put on the back burner for a while.

“I’m actually in school now. I take online courses at Queen’s University. It is a university in Canada. I have almost 40% completed my diploma. I nibble it slowly. No real priority. I took the semester off in the summer just so I could focus on golf and then maybe I’ll take some winter lessons in the New Year.

2021 saw Costabile’s first full season as a member of the Symetra Tour and while it didn’t go as planned with 11 cups missed in 15 starts, she didn’t let it get into her head. Having to fight to keep your status isn’t an ideal situation for a professional, but Costabile has gone through the Q-School routine before and is armed with a lot of experience as she winds her way through a grueling time. two weeks in the south. Alabama.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself this year and how to prepare for events, what works for me, what doesn’t work for me,” she said. “To be honest I think I’m pretty new to this area. Its good. I never made it to Series Q, but I’ve played Stage II twice and Stage II three times, so I’m used to the Q-School experience. I just have to stay calm and that’s the main thing.

In two laps, Costabile rolled a 67 and a 69 at the Falls and Crossings course in Magnolia Grove with just two bogeys in two days. She is currently tied for fifth place heading into the weekend and with 108 holes still to be played, Costabile is doing all she can to stay calm, calm and collected, a strategy that seems to work well until. ‘now.

“I treat it just like a regular tournament. For me, I try to think of every round as just a round of golf and I do my best every round. Honestly, I just think about what I want to do during the day and my game plan and then whatever way I end up I end up. “