Kendra Meeker advances to the 2014 High School State Golf Tournament by posting one of her best score of the season with a 79, at the famous Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton.
Kendra finished second in the Tri District event, on the heels of Hannah Hoh with a 76, who beat her last week at the District Tournament. The low 16 women qualifiers advanced to the State Tournament. Again, I would like to emphasize how strong women’s golf is becoming in the smaller 1A schools.
The 2A schools had their qualifier at Gold Mountain that morning and the winning score for that Division posted a score of 93. The 1A winner was 76 with Kendra right behind with a 79; these smaller schools are doing a great job producing some talented golfers.
Kendra played a solid round of golf. With this event and the State Tournament next week, Kendra’s high school golf career will come to a close. As she prepared to tee off we set a goal to go out and enjoy the round, do your best but have fun and enjoy the moment. She had a smile on her face for most of the day and played a great round of golf.
What I admire about Kendra is how she can stay focused as she comes down the stretch to the final holes. As we walked to the last tee, the other coaches are trying to calm their players with words of confidence. I told Kendra, “Why don’t you birdie the last hole”. She crushes a drive down the middle, hits a 3 wood just short of the green, chips within 8 feet and lips out the birdie putt for an easy par. The other two ladies posted a 7 and an 8 as they got all caught up thinking about the wrong things. Kendra is a real champion and we are looking forward to the State Tournament next week.
The State tournament will be May 28 & 29 at the Lake Spanaway Golf Club in Tacoma. We will be traveling on the 27th to play a practice round. Watch the papers, as this is the “Big One”; we should be getting local coverage from both the paper and TV.