HURRICANE - Lauryn Davidson, a soon to be four-year varsity member of Parkersburg High School's golf team, accomplished a major career highlight here Wednesday when she was crowned the champion of the West Virginia Girls State Junior Amateur.
The two-day, 36-hole tournament kicked off Tuesday with golfers from across the state competing at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club.
"I was going in knowing I was going to do well, that it would be between one other golfer and I," said Davidson.
Photo courtesy of Chip Ellis
Lauryn Davidson of Vienna hits her approach shot to the 15th green at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club during the West Virginia Girls State Junior Amateur.
Davidson took the early lead with an opening day 75, good for a five-stroke cushion on Parkersburg South golfer Adeena Shears.
"Even though I was ahead the first day I was still nervous walking out the second day," said Davidson.
Despite recording a double-bogey on the ninth hole, Davidson righted herself with a birdie at No. 11, and that gave her the confidence to finish strong.
Although Shears posted the low round of the second day, she was unable to overcome the five-shot deficit from the first 18 holes. Davidson finished with a two-day total of 149 with Shears just two strokes behind at 151.
Parkersburg Catholic golfer Abigail Roberts was third at 178.
In the boys division, Cole Hand and Colin Bowles ended the tournament in a sudden death playoff with the championship on the line. After just missing his birdie shot, Hand sealed the deal with his par putt.
Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, known for its breathtaking view of the West Virginia hills, was just one stop on Davidson's summer journey.
She plans to qualify for the United States Amateur Girls Tournament in Arizona as well as the United States Amateur Women's Tournament.
"Also this summer, I plan to play at a tournament in North Carolina which will have people from all around the world," said Davidson.
When asked if this was all for practice for her upcoming PHS season, Davidson said it was more for the individual gain.
"Over the summer we all work on our individual performance, not only is it what colleges look for but it also will bring us back stronger as a team," Davidson said.
Davidson has been golfing for six years and plans to continue playing the game through her college years.