Eve begins training for the All-Japan Girls High School Golf Doubles Championship with the help of Club President Jinguuji and Ichina Saotome.
The following contains spoilers for Episode 11 of Birdie Wing: Golf Girls’ Story, “No Matter How Tall a Weed Grows, It Will Never Reach the Sun,” now streaming on Crunchyroll.
In Episode 11 of Birdie Wing: Golf Girls’ Story, “No Matter How Tall a Weed Grows, It Will Never Reach the Sun,” Coach Amuro reserves the Athena Golf Course for Eve to begin her training. Over the course of three days, Club President Jinguuji and Ichina Saotome accompany Eve to hone her golfing skills for the All-Japan Girls High School Golf Doubles Championship.
Eve quickly makes her way around the course, receiving two bridles in the first five holes, which leads Jinguuji to realize that if Eve is going to learn, she’ll have to make things more complicated than usual. After Eve lands a near-perfect shot, Jinguuji picks up her ball and proceeds to throw it into a bunker so that she’s forced to overcome a handicap. From using her sand-wedge to putting more accurately, Eve is tasked with refining her game and learns that technique can often trump power.
Shortly after the training session begins, Jinguuji informs Eve that she’s going to have to seriously step up her game if she wants to stand a chance of defeating Mizuho Himekawa. Himekawa is the Nadaminami Girls’ unbeatable ace and is considered the strongest Japanese high school golfer after winning the All-Japan Women’s Amateur competition the previous year.
After narrowly missing the hole from the bunker, Jinguuji taunts Eve by commenting that “Mizuho Himekawa would’ve gotten it in the hole.” However, Eve, being the defiant character she is, isn’t phased by this type of challenge and uses the power of her Yellow Bullet to drive another ball out of the sand and straight into the hole.
Whether it’s during the day or the night, the trio continues to help Eve hone her skills. From different weather conditions to various types of terrain, Eve repetitively swings her club to enhance her muscle memory and experience more niche golfing scenarios. Eve takes Jinguuji’s advice surprisingly well and shows that she is able to listen, reflect and then act upon others’ ideas. Previously, fans of the series have witnessed Eve’s stubbornness and unwillingness to alter her approach to the game. It appears that after meeting more people with a true love for golf, she has begun to let her guard down and allow others to help.
Both Jinguuji’s past and present are littered with sad experiences and themes. She is an archetypal sporting character who is wounded both physically and emotionally. While Jinguuji is by no means a poor player, she’s good enough to realize that she’ll never be great. No matter how hard she trains or tries to impress Coach Amuro, she feels that something is lacking. Although Jinguuji is proficient and has a broad understanding of the game, unlike Eve or Aoi, she lacks the spark necessary to become a champion.
Although Jinguuji appears to have always understood this deep down, she refused to give in to these dwelling thoughts and continued to practice as hard as she could. Unfortunately, this led her to receive a debilitating injury that has now made it impossible for her to play as effectively as she once did. However, Jinguuji reveals to her sensei that she has decided to “entrust the dream I can never have to Amawashi and Eve.”
Thankfully, it looks like Jinguuji is one step closer to attaining her true goal. Coach Amuro finally decides to enter Eve and Aoi in the All-Japan Girls High School Golf Doubles Championship, which will lead to the series’ first true tournament arc. Aoi and Eve have been waiting to play a proper match together since they first met, and it appears that they’ll finally have the opportunity to do so.
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