Jordan Takasugi is already off to a solid start in 2011, placing fifth and seventh, respectively in her first two tournaments.
The Wenatchee junior is one of a number of local high school golfers of note heading into this season. Here’s a look at her and nine others to keep an eye on out on the links this spring.
Takasugi’s strength is her all-around game, and has added length off the tee after an off-season of training with local pro Ed Paine.
And her coach says the best is yet to come.
“I don’t think she’s really turned it on yet,” Wenatchee coach Doug Merrill said. “She’s had some ho-hum first rounds, but she’s worked hard in the off-season to fix little things in her swing, and she leads our team by example.”
Here’s a look at nine other area golfers of note:
Hillary Seabrook, sr., Eastmont
Seabrook shot a 91 on the first day of 4A state tournament play last spring, missing the cut by just six strokes, and returns to take the No. 1 spot on coach Pat Welch’s Wildcats team.
Amanda Howard, sr., Cascade
Howard led a young Kodiaks team to a district title last season, when she was their only state qualifier.
Andrew Whalen, jr., Ephrata
Placed third in the Class 2A state tournament in 2010, and had a busy summer playing in AJGA events, including finishing 24th at a tourney at Wenatchee Golf & Country Club.
Chase Miller, soph., Wenatchee
Fired a 77 in his first tournament of 2011 after being the Panthers’ lone representative at the Class 4A state meet last season.
John Heinitz, jr., Eastmont
Has established himself early in the season at the Wildcats’ No. 1, breaking his way into the mid-to-high 70s with regularity.
Caleb Whiteaker, jr., Oroville
The Hornets top returner shot an 89 at the B state tournament first day of action last season, tying for 64th.
Alex Kelly, jr., Oroville
Was right behind teammate Whiteaker at state last year, finishing the first day with a 95 to tie for 73rd.
Jesse Tollackson, jr., Waterville
Another member of a strong junior class in Class 2B/1B, Tollackson didn’t make the cut at state last spring but did shoot a first-day 97.
Ryder Lewis, soph., Omak
As a freshman, Lewis shot an opening round 73 in the state meet on the way to a tie for 14th overall in the tourney.