Several day’s prior to the Junior World Championships, Kat was upset with her ball striking result’s. The young 12 year old has been re-working her swing by taking the “slack” out and to “match up” her arm’s with her body. It was not working very well when she went to her golf lesson with her coach and mentor, George Pinnell. Pinnell presented her problem in a different approach, than he had before, and “BOOM”, The Kat’s ball flight was streaking down the fairway with little movement on the ball. So off to the World Championships!
Katherine played her most consistent golf of her young career at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, site of the Girls 11-12 Callaway Junior World Golf Championships. Kat fired an even par 73 in her first round to be tied at 4th place. She played solid golf by making 2 birdies and 2 bogey’s for her even par round. Her second round, she played well, but had several mistake’s that produced 6 bogey’s and 3 birdies to shoot a 3 over par 76. Her third and final round was a solid 76, but, she did not make a birdie. 15 par’s and only 3 bogey’s is a great round for a 12 year old in a field so deep with talent on a world wide stage. Her tournament score of 73-76-76 (225) will help give her the confidence to continue her quest to improve her performance at higher levels of competition.
Miyabi Tezuka from Japan, won the event with an outstanding score of 72-72-71 (215).
Sherilyn Villanueva, a 10 year old from Stanton, CA, shot 71-64-67 (202) to finish in a tie for 36th place in the Girls 9-10 Division. Sherilyn played at Lomas Santa Fe South Golf Course that is a par 56 layout.
Miku Abe, Japan won the Division with 57-54-60 (171).
Congratulation’s to Kat, Sherilyn and all of the participant’s at the Junior World!