Wash­ing­ton’s Kaysa Panke

Daven­port, WA 3.2 Hand­i­cap In­dex

Golf Today Northwest - - Contents -

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.

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