Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Outlook Delivers Success for Parkway West's Su; Longhorns Senior Heads to Third Consecutive State Tournament

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New Outlook Delivers Success for Parkway West's Su; Longhorns Senior Heads to Third Consecutive State Tournament

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Her final season of high school golf has been something of an epiphany for Parkway West High senior Rebecca Su.

Rather than have an overbearing sense of urgency to succeed every time she walks on a course, Su's philosophy has changed greatly.

"I'm not really trying to beat people, I'm just trying to enjoy this," Su said. "Last year, I was a lot more worried and anxious about playing to my team's expectations. This year, it's about how I perceive it.

"There are things to improve on all the time. There's things I am really proud of, but I almost never go into tournament these days saying 'I want to do this.' I enjoy the process a lot more."

When Su tees off the 10th hole at 8:57 a.m. Monday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield for the first round of the Class 2 Girls Golf State Championship, she said she will relish the chance to play alongside the rest of her foursome Kirkwood's Sophia Roth, Nixa's Elisabeth McDonald and Republic's Katie Hamilton as her high school career comes to a close.

Sure, Su would like to improve off her 14th-place finish from a year ago, but she said the final year has brought clarity about herself and the game.

"It's really not (about the finish)," Su said. "It's the fact that I get to go out and be with all the other girls one more time before we go our separate ways. That's probably what's most important to me right now."

The results have been plenty impressive for Su along the way throughout her senior season.

Su is the Suburban 12 Conference Player of the Year and helped lead Parkway West to the conference tournament championship as she shot a 77 at Crescent Farms.

Individually, Su then finished fourth in the district tournament at Aberdeen and third in the sectional at Forest Hills while earning her third consecutive state appearance.

"She is an outstanding young lady, a model student and model citizen of our school and golf program (and) she leads our program with integrity and grace," Longhorns coach Greg Schade said. …

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