During the course of her life, Lone Grove’s Izzy Lette has never met a challenge she couldn’t overcome.
During the course of her life, Lone Grove’s Izzy Lette has never met a challenge she couldn’t overcome. Whether it was battling medical conditions to play the sport of golf, or overcoming what many thought was a career-ending hip injury, Lette has always kept her trademark smile and fighting spirit through it all. Wednesday afternoon she took the next step in her current journey as a college golf player. The former Lady Horns state qualifier officially signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academics and athletic career at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee as a member of the Lady Bison. Lette will be finishing up her second year as a member of the Redlands College Golf team in El Reno this spring before moving on just down the road to Shawnee. “For me the next step was all about going somewhere I knew I could grow even more than I have gotten to here at Redlands,” Lette said. “I didn’t just want to grow in golf but in academics as well in hopes of completing my degree. I wanted to go somewhere that made me feel like I belonged and Oklahoma Baptist was where I felt like that happened. I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my life and my college career.” During her junior year Lette and her teammates made the Class 3A state golf tournament, finishing in the top-five of the team standings. However, following the state tournament that year, Lette was forced to undergo a procedure to repair a torn hip labrum, which had previously been put off for several months beforehand. Lette wouldn’t see a golf course again in a playing capacity until November of that year, but in the meantime she was able to apply her intelligence and organization skills for another team, that being the Lone Grove Lady Horns softball team as they made a run to the state tournament, finishing as Class 4A state runner-up. When Lette returned at full strength for her senior year, she set several school records for Lone Grove which included lowest round and lowest career average. Her and her teammates also sent Hall of Fame coach Buck Chatham out on a high note as they finished that season Class 3A state runner-up at the girls golf tournament. Lette was eventually named to the All-Ardmoreite girls golf team for the second year in a row that season, and was also awarded the Fighting Heart Award at the 2018 Best of the Arbuckles Preps banquet. “I feel like I’ve grown as a player and a person since coming to college,” Lette said. “I was able to improve my golf game and further my knowledge of the sport here at Redlands. After these last two years, I feel like I’ve become stronger and have a better knowledge about the game itself and me as a person.”