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Kellam wins regional, heads back to Bowling Green Country Club

By Matt Birkholtz

After winning the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference tournament for the second straight season, Grant County High School junior Sarah Kellam pushed that momentum to a four-stroke win at the 8th Region Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks in Covington Sept. 28.

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Kellam said that at the beginning of the season she was worried about the team’s youth, but with the team missing the cut by just eight strokes at the regional tournament, tthose worries only disappeared.

“I didn’t care as much for me winning as I did for how the team did,” she said. “It shows they can compete with the older teams.”

Kellam will be preparing for her third state tournament this week with a practice round on Oct. 6 at the Bowling Green Country Club and then will be in the first round on Oct. 7.

She contributes a lot of her success to her family and the determination she has on the golf course. Her father, Tim Kellam, got her started when she was 7-years-old and that she enjoys playing on her own and being in the sunshine all day.

“Now, I look at it and the opportunity it gives me to experience different things and I have met so many different people and that makes me happy that I picked up the sport,” she said. “It has been a way to connect with my family, with my brother, Cody and I going to Eagle Creek Country Club and playing putting games. We are really competitive with each other.”

She is ready to get back to the Bowling Green Country Club and that is to have a better performance than she has had there the past couple of years.

“I have got some serious unfinished business and show that course who I am,” she said. “It is definitely going to be better.”

Marcus Camacho, Kellam’s coach will go to Bowling Green with her. and He likes the determination she has shown on the course and in preparation for tournaments.

“In my estimation, she was probably the best player in the region and I am sure she thought the same way,” he said. “She really hates it when someone beats her, but she really improved from last season. She won going away with a four shot lead.”

As far as coaching Kellam, Camacho said there really isn’t a lot to it.

“Sarah is Sarah. She has her game and does what Sarah needs to do,” he said. “I hope my influence on her is calming her down when she needs to be. There are times when I see her in a bad mood and see her eyes roll into the back of her head and I know then to stay away. She is a privilege to have on the team.”

Camacho said for Kellam to be successful at the tournament, she is going to have to be accurate and keep the ball in the fairway and greens.

“If she does that, she will be successful and I think she will make the cut,” he said.