Dom­i­nat­ing golf

Katja Dam­mann loves the sport

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­

It’s safe to say Katja Dam­mann loves golf.

Dam­mann moved down to Ge­or­gia about a year ago and she stopped at J.P. Mose­ley Park in Stock­bridge, where she met friends to play disc golf. Dam­mann says she tries to play at least one round of disc golf a week and a tour­na­ment once a month. She cur­rently works in sales at Bridge­stone golf. So as you can see she’s around golf 24/7.

Dam­mann, born in Sch­w­erin Ger­many and now liv­ing in Por­terdale, was able to place 46th in the intermediate di­vi­sion in a women’s disc golf tour­na­ment played all over the world re­cently. In two rounds, Dam­mann shot even par and two un­der par, which was her per­sonal best.

“I think my game is still im­prov­ing con­stantly and I’m still get­ting bet­ter,” Dam­mann said.

“It was a great event that was ladies-only be­ing held all over the world that day,” Dam­mann said. “The course played fairly short, much shorter than the other tour­na­ments I’ve played in, but it def­i­nitely had a lot of risk and re­ward shots.”

This is in­trigu­ing not only be­cause she placed so high but be­cause she just picked up women’s disc golf a few years ago. She picked it up while play­ing at Western Carolina Univer­sity on a golf schol­ar­ship. Be­cause its driv­ing range fea­tured a disc golf course around it.

“I fell in love with [ disc golf], as well,” Dam­mann said. “I have many pas­sions and I’m al­ways look­ing for a new chal­lenge.”

Chal­lenges are def­i­nitely some­thing Dam­mann has faced, some with suc­cess and oth­ers sim­ply with un­re­lent­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion.

In 2006 Dam­mann played in an Am­a­teur Golf Tour and won her di­vi­sion, beat­ing a bunch of guys as she was the only girl in her di­vi­sion.

“It was a very fine mo­ment, be­ing the fe­male,” Dam­mann said. “I won that di­vi­sion, and I’m very sure that a lot of men [were] very jeal­ous,” she added laugh­ingly.

Dam­mann’s dream grow­ing up was to be­come a pro­fes­sional golfer. She played women’s golf at WCU and UNC-Pem­broke. In 2011 she helped lead UNC- Pem­broke to a Peach Belt Con­fer­ence women’s cham­pi­onship. She has since given up on that dream to face other chal­lenges.

“I went to LPGA (qual­i­fy­ing) school twice to try to qual­ify to play at the LPGA tour, but it’s very com­pet­i­tive and I did not make the cut to make it to the next step and that’s the rea­son I didn’t con­tinue,” Dam­mann said.

Dam­mann added that disc golf hasn’t re­placed her love for golf, and she’s glad she picked up disc golf.

“I never played [women’s disc golf] with women be­fore. I never met any fe­males that ac­tu­ally played un­til I moved down to At­lanta. When I moved down here and I went to play my first course I met up with sev­eral fe­males that played, I joined up with them, and we’ve be­come friends ever since,” Dam­mann said. “They are the ones who’ve got me play­ing tour­na­ments in disc golf and [I’ve] be­come more com­pet­i­tive.”

Whether it’s reg­u­lar golf or disc golf, Dam­mann said she’s pretty much into it.

“Even though I’m very com­pet­i­tive at heart, I also play for fun as well,” Dam­mann said. “I try to do both, I try to have fun and still be com­pet­i­tive.”

photo cour­tesy of peach­

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