Kaylie Anderson was shooting in the 50s and 60s for a nine-hole round when she started high school.
Those days seem like a distant memory for the Okemos senior golfer.
“Once I got into high school and saw how good the varsity players were, I knew I had to work really hard to get to where they were and get into the lineup,” Anderson said. “(Coach Dan) Stolz really pushed me to become a better player.”
Anderson has made quite the progress for the Chiefs and been a fixture in their lineup the last two seasons. And she has experienced plenty of success this fall, which included taking medalist honors at the CAAC Blue final last week while helping Okemos capture its fifth straight league title. Anderson, who was voted the LSJ prep athlete of the week, shot an 18-hole round of 81 in that CAAC Blue final.
Stolz said Anderson has worked and worked and made herself one of the area’s top players through offseason lessons, competing in summer tournaments and constantly working on her game.
“She just has made so much improvement,” Stolz said. “She’s one of the top three or four players in the entire area. Kaylie was an average JV player and now she’s one of the top players in the area just from work and commitment. Her short game is terrific and that enables her to score.”
Anderson will have a chance to add a final chapter to her prep golf career when the Chiefs compete in the state finals next week. She helped Okemos capture a Division 2 regional title Wednesday at Island Hills in Sturgis.
“We’re just going to focus on our short game because that’s what’s going to help with scoring (at the state meet),” Anderson said. “We’re going to go out there and play our best and play smart and have a good mental game.”
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