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Kammi Ivie has focus – so much focus that even a golf ball theft during a tournament round doesn’t faze her.During a golf tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course, a man reached under the fence and snared the ball of the Glenwood Springs High School senior. Ivie didn’t take a drop on the shot.”She ran up to the fence and yelled, ‘Hey, that’s my ball,'” Demons head coach Kathy Whiting recalled. “He started arguing with her that it wasn’t. She finally made him mad enough at her that he threw her ball back at her. Fortunately, she was able to stay cool and play a good tournament.” Ivie, who had never played golf prior to her freshman year at GSHS, is now headed to her second straight 4A state tournament Monday and is ranked 13th in the state in 4A.
And she’s not planning on letting her development as a golfer end with graduation. Ivie recently received the 2005 Western Slope PGA Silver Scholarship, as well as an athletic scholarship to play at Mesa State College in Grand Junction next year.Name: Kammi Ivie Nickname: KamSchool, year: Glenwood Springs High School, seniorSport: Girls golfPosition(s): Plays at No. 2 on team
Most memorable moment of high school sports career so far: Our tournament at Adobe Creek. I shot an 84 – my best score in tournament play so far this year.Favorite class: Psychology and sociology.Favorite athlete: Annika Sorenstam (golfer).Favorite band/musician: CieraMost inspirational person: My parents and my golf coaches Kathy Whiting, Denise Reynolds and Rich Ritter. They have taught me the game of golf. By setting goals, commitment and determination, you can achieve your goals. I have a lot of respect for these people.What do you do in your free time? Practice and play “a lot” of golf and hang out with my friends.
What is the one thing you would like to accomplish before graduation? Leave my senior year with good grades – instead of getting “Senioritis.”Plans after high school: Attend Mesa State and golf. Study criminal justice.Tell us one thing people might not know about you: I like to create stained glass. A quote from golf coach Kathy Whiting: “Kammi picked up her first golf club as a freshman here at GSHS. She is the epitome of what can happen to a young woman who has the heart and desire to play golf at our school. Because of her dedication, she is a two-time state qualifier and has won two golf scholarships. Kammi’s game has been solid all year long, and she has developed a great golfer mentality – she focuses on every shot and does her best. She doesn’t let outside elements or the previous shot bother her.”Do you know an area athlete you would like to see in the spotlight? Let us know. To nominate someone for the “Athlete Spotlight,” send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what makes the nominee special.
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