Washington’s Kaysa Panke
Davenport, WA 3.2 Handicap Index
1. WHEN DID YOU BEGIN PLAYING GOLF AND HOW DID YOU LEARN?
I began playing golf in 2011 at age 11. I first learned by watching my dad hit golf balls on the range at Harrington Golf Course. Once I started to become more interested in playing competitive golf, I joined the junior golf program at Manito Golf and Country Club in Spokane, WA. I then went on to take lessons from both Steve and Corey Prugh.
2. TELL ME ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MOST TREASURED LESSONS ON THE GOLF COURSE.
One of my most treasured lessons on the golf course is that patience is a virtue ... in golf, and
in life in general. The game of golf can be very frustrating and playing a full round of 18 holes takes time. Being patient helps in every situation.
3. WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF THROUGH THE GAME OF GOLF?
Through the game of golf, I have learned that I am a very dedicated person, and a bit of a perfectionist. Once I start a task, I will not give up or complete the task until it is perfect. There is always something to work on in my golf game and I stick to it until I have learned it thoroughly. My game is a work in progress, but I won’t give up on continued improvement.
4. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE GAME OF GOLF?
What I enjoy most about the game of golf is the challenge it brings daily and the competitiveness in each tournament. Each tournament provides new challenges on so many levels. Unlike playing a sport in a consistently sized gym, every golf course has its’ own unique and challenging features, not to mention ever-changing weather.
5. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
After I graduate from high school, I plan to attend a four-year college and aspire to play on a college golf team. I currently want to major in chemistry or biology, and continue to graduate school.
6. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO BEGINNING GOLFERS LOOKING TO TAKE UP THE SPORT?
I would advise a beginner golfer to stay patient because there are always going to be good and bad days on the golf course. Golf is a lot fun, and it helps when you stay calm and relaxed.
7. WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED BY PARTICIPATING IN WASHINGTON JUNIOR GOLF?
The greatest lesson I have learned by participating in Washington Junior Golf is etiquette and manners. Through WJGA I have learned how to play a golf course respectfully: fix your ball marks on the green, ask your partner if you can pull the flag on the green, play honors off the tee, and always thank your volunteers.
8. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST?
My favorite golf course in the Pacific Northwest is Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington. Even though my whole family may be University of Washington fans, I give credit to Washington State University for having such a beautiful golf course. Over the years, Palouse Ridge has grown on me. I love how Palouse Ridge brings numerous challenges.
9. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR GOLF CAREER?
The highlight of my golf career has been my two WIAA high school state championships. I won my first state championship in 2016 as a sophomore playing at Meadowwood Golf Course in Spokane. And, I was thrilled to win my second championship as a junior this year playing at Horn Rapids in Richland, WA.