Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Golf: Summit Freshman Schreiner Turns About-Face into State Berth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Golf: Summit Freshman Schreiner Turns About-Face into State Berth

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Katie Schreiner can look back and laugh now.

At the time, the Summit High freshman didn't think it was funny.

Schreiner, in just her second year of competitive golf, fired a 110 in her first 18-hole tournament in June at Sunset Hills Golf Course.

A few weeks later, things weren't getting better.

"I'd shoot in the mid-50s," she said of her 9-hole score.

Schreiner could have thrown in the towel or the golf club.

Instead, she did just the opposite.

"I decided if I wanted to get better I had to practice more," Schreiner said. "Playing doesn't get you better. It's in practice where you learn the most."

Schreiner hired swing coach Scott Worley and the pair went to work.

The result has been head-turning.

Schreiner fired an 8-over-par 79 in the Class 2 Sectional 1 tournament last week to advance to the Class 2 state tournament, which will be played Monday and Tuesday at Sedalia Country Club.

The girl who struggled to break 100 three short months ago is now in position for the top 10 finish at the two-day state tournament.

"Sometimes, I can't even believe it myself," Schreiner said.

The metamorphosis began midway through the high school season when the 14-year-old started lowering her score on a consistent basis.

She shot a 75 to finish second in the district tournament Sept. 26 at Aberdeen Golf Club.

"A lot of it was about self-belief," said Worley, who is the director of golf at Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield. "Katie has always been physically gifted."

A week later, came the 79 at Missouri Bluffs, which she said was her best performance ever due to the difficulty of the St. Charles County course.

"It's hard to believe how far I've come in just a few months," Schreiner said.

Her mother, Lori, is a golfer and she saw that her daughter had potential.

"Right from the start she had such a beautiful swing," Lori said. "She wasn't getting the results she wanted, but you could tell the swing was there."

Through intense practice and plenty of determination, Schreiner sharpened her skills.

The finishing touch came when she got her short game together, which completed the turnaround.

"I think everyone knew all along the ability was there," Worley said. …

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