Ellis prepared for aggressive ambiance of state finals | Information, Sports activities, Jobs
The stress might be on for Kennedy Ellis on Friday.
However as she prepares to compete within the remaining golf match of her highschool profession, the Alpena Excessive senior wouldn’t have it every other method.
Ellis will compete within the Division 2 golf finals Friday at Forest Akers West in East Lansing and has proven throughout her profession that she will be able to adapt and thrive beneath stress.
“I’m used to a really aggressive ambiance and to have (an environment) the place everyone seems to be competing for his or her faculty and never simply themselves is de facto nice and fantastic,” Ellis mentioned. “If you get to that prime degree match, that’s the place you’re going to search out women who’re passionate concerning the sport and you must show your self.”
The finals are usually held over two days, however this 12 months, the format has been modified to a one-day, 18-hole match as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Ellis bought a style of the state finals expertise final season as a junior and mentioned she ought to have higher management of her feelings this time round. She shot a first-round 94 final 12 months, whereas adjusting to the aggressive ambiance and shot a second-round 83 for a two-day whole of 177, good for twenty third total.
She hopes to be dialed in Friday, keep centered and finally show herself in a subject of greater than 100 of the very best golfers in Division 2, together with final 12 months’s Division 2 champion, South Lyon’s Gabriella Tapp.
“I didn’t shoot as effectively my first day (final 12 months). I used to be so excited, so nervous and had so many feelings going at the moment,” Ellis mentioned. “On day two, that’s after I began fascinated by one thing aside from golf. Understanding what I did earlier than will assist me this 12 months.”
It’s been fairly a journey for Ellis, who is barely in her fourth 12 months taking part in aggressive golf. As an underclassman, she watched Lizzy Heath and Courtney Nunneley attain the state finals and advised herself that’s the place she wished to be.
Since then, she’s progressed to grow to be a crew chief for the Wildcats, a constant top-10 finisher in tournaments and one of many Huge North Convention’s greatest.
“I’m an enormous dreamer and I’ve all the time had excessive requirements for myself,” Ellis mentioned. “I all the time knew it was one thing I wished and I’ve far exceeded my expectations.”
Competing on the Traverse Metropolis Junior Golf Affiliation’s Northern Michigan junior golf tour over the summer season, Ellis completed ranked second total within the women elite division. On the tour’s 36-hole championship, Ellis completed in third place and earned the TCJGA’s “Spirit of the Sport” award.
By her personal admission, Ellis hasn’t carded her lowest scores throughout her senior 12 months with the Wildcats, however she’s been nonetheless spectacular.
She completed third throughout final week’s regional meet after capturing an 86 and earned first crew all-Huge North honors on Monday with a 92, the fourth greatest rating in the course of the Huge North Championships in Traverse Metropolis.
Throughout a house meet final month at Alpena Golf Membership, Ellis shot an 81 to complete second and has a number of different high 10 finishes this season.
“I hoped to shoot just a little decrease, however I’m happy with the accomplishments I’ve made greater than what I’ve wound up capturing,” Ellis mentioned.
As she heads into Friday’s remaining, Ellis will look to place a cherry on high of a powerful profession at a course that’s recognized to be difficult. Forest Akers West is the house course of Michigan State College’s golf groups and is thought to have quicker greens and actually problem golfers on totally different facets of their sport.
Ellis performed final 12 months’s Division 2 remaining at Forest Akers East.
“There may be fairly a little bit of distinction. The problem of it will likely be totally different,” Ellis mentioned. “I’ve performed the course a few occasions, so I do know what (components of my sport) to deliver.”