Kellam finishes 20th at state golf tourney

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By Matt Birkholtz

Sarah Kellam’s goal was to make it to the second day of the state golf tournament
Kellam, a junior at Grant County High School, placed 20th in the 2011 Leachman/Buick/GMC/Cadillac KHSAA Girls State Tournament Oct. 7-8 in Bowling Green.
Kellam shot a two-day total of 164, but Kellam believed she could have done better. Even her coach Marcus Camacho felt she could do better.
“I am not going to lie, I am still not happy with that course,” she said. “I did place 20th and I made it to the second day which was my goal when I went down there.”
On the first day of the tournament, Kellam shot an eight-over-par total of 80 and had trouble on two of the holes on the front nine. On hole three, Kellam shot a double bogey and on hole six, she shot a triple bogey leaving her with a +11 over par.
Kellam said she was thankful for having Camacho walk the course with her and helping her stay calm.
“He would help me focus on the different kind of shots I could take and I give him credit for that,” she said.
The second day gave her some issues as well, including a double-bogey on hole 12, especially after shooting an even par on the front nine.
 “On the second day, she played a fantastic first nine and scored even par,” Camacho said. “On the second nine, she started slowly and had a difficult time re-focusing.  She did finish strong and I was very proud of her over-all performance.”
Kellam said she would like to see the Lady Braves golf team qualify with her next season and that the team will be stronger with this year’s experience under their belt.
“My goal personally is to break into the top 10 and if I can fix a couple of aspects of my game I will be right there,” she said. “As for the team, this year was a learning experience and that the regional tournament won’t be a shock to them. You will see their scores drop next year at region.”
She also said it was nice to see her family come out to support her at the golf course and noticed her brother, Cody, eager to be playing at state next year for the boy’s golf team.
“I think he was upset that he didn’t get to play the course this year,” she said. “I think he was just chomping at the bit to play.”