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Kaik swings into offseason with summer full of golf tournaments

Jenna Kaik, a golfer for the Falcon girls golf team, has registered for a handful of tournaments this summer. The soon-to-be senior has hopes to improve her game and contend at the state 1A girls golf tournament next year.  - Ben Watanabe / Record file
Jenna Kaik, a golfer for the Falcon girls golf team, has registered for a handful of tournaments this summer. The soon-to-be senior has hopes to improve her game and contend at the state 1A girls golf tournament next year.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / Record file

Jenna Kaik has a busy summer planned.

Kaik, a Falcon junior golfer, wants to be on a course at least three days each week. That will be in addition to at least three tournaments she will compete in around Western Washington as part of the Washington Junior Golf Association. She hopes to build on a successful junior season that took her to the state 2A girls golf tournament, where she qualified for the second day and finished in the top 25.

“It was the first time I thought I could get somewhere with golf,” Kaik said.

The summer league for high school golfers draws some of the best competition across school classifications. In addition to the high caliber of her peers, Kaik said seeing a variety of courses was important. Rather than drive, chip and putt at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club or Island Greens on South Whidbey, Kaik will play at Homestead Farms Golf Resort in Lynden and Discovery Bay Golf Course in Port Townsend. A couple of days before her first match, Kaik admitted she was anxious.

“I’m kind of nervous,” she said. “I haven’t been out there as much as I’d like.”

Since the state tournament in late May, Kaik focused on school and work. And while school is out for summer this week, traffic will only increase where she works — Cozy’s. All the work, on and off the course, is for her end game of possibly playing in college. It helps that Kaik, who is also a defender on the varsity girls soccer team in fall, said golf is her favorite sport because of the self-reliance it naturally supports. On the fairway and on the green, Kaik has to rely on herself to pick the club and play the ball — there are no caddies in high school golf.

“Golf, I feel it’s less pressured than other sports,” she said. “It’s more rewarding when you do good.”

Even though the girls golf season is over, her coach still had advice for her. Falcon head coach Tom Sage said he wanted Kaik to work on her short game from about 20 yards out to shave strokes from her round. Kaik’s best rounds are around 95 strokes.

“It’s going to add another season to her game,” Sage said. “It’s going to be wonderful.”

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