Ritchie’s Snodgrass enjoys the links

PARKERSBURG – Two-time Class AA all-state golfer Sydney Snodgrass of Ritchie County will start her final prep season on the links soon enough, but it’s been quite the busy summer for the Rebel already.

Aside from having played in various events across the country, Snodgrass will be competing this week starting Tuesday in the West Virginia Women’s Amateur, which is being held at The Resort at Glade Springs.

“There are some girls my age who are playing in it,” Snodgrass said of friends Brooke Bellomy, who is at Campbell University, as well as locals Adeena Shears and Lauryn Davidson. “I will know some people.

“I would like to win. That’s the goal, but it’s going to have to be three good rounds. I’m not just trying to finish in the top five. I’d like to win.”

Snodgrass, who won the W.Va. Junior Amateur earlier this month, also has played in the North and South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst as well as events on the PGA Junior Series, the Golfweek Tour and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour.

“There were 70 girls down there at the North and South Junior Amateur and out of 70 girls, 60 or 65 or maybe more than that will go on to play Division I golf,” stated the Rebel. “It’s one of the strongest tournaments for female amateurs in the country.

“Some of the girls were already playing Division I in college as freshmen. I finished tied for 22nd and felt pretty good.”

Always known as a long hitter, Snodgrass said she’s just been working on all aspects of her game in preparation for her final year on the Rebels’ golf team, which won state championships when she was a freshman and a sophomore.

“I’m normally outdriving everybody I play with at all the tournaments I go to,” she said. “It’s always been a strong suit of mine. The last year my 100 yards and in is so much better.

“It used to be a long drive and try to get it in from there, but anymore I feel pretty good about every part of my game. It’s gotten a lot better.”

Being a girl in a male dominated sport on the high school scene is something Snodgrass has gotten used to in time.

“It’s different going back to high school playing against boys,” she admitted. “During the summer, I’ve just been playing against girls. It’s going to be a little bit of a transition going back to playing boys.

“I’ve made a lot of good friends in high school golf and I’m just going to enjoy playing my last year with them. Who knows after I graduate if I will see them again or not. I just want to have fun for one more year in high school.”

Snodgrass finished ninth overall and just missed out on all-state honors by two strokes as a Ritchie County freshman. She hasn’t decided where she will go to play golf in college.

“I’m just narrowing it down and at the same time trying to keep the doors open and see what happens,” she said. “I still have some time and I still want to be a senior.

“I want to make the right decision when I feel comfortable. When I feel I’ve found the right spot for me, that’s when I’ll make the decision.”