Howell County News/ Kacey Blunk

LHS Freshman 2023 Golf State Champion

What started as a passion at age three has now turned into a history-making event. Kameryn Wood, a freshman at Liberty High School, was named the school’s first girls’ golf state champion.
Wood competed at the Class 1 Individual State Championships on Monday, Oct. 16 and Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia, MO. Wood shot a 77 during a practice round before competitions began. During the actual first round, Wood shot an 85. The second day of state, she shot an 80.
“She got off to a rough start and made a few double bogeys,” explained her coach and father Jeremy Wood. “She just could not get a putt to fall. The temps were in the low 40s teeing off on day one.”
Wood tied for first place with Rylee Allred from Ash Grove. Both girls scored a combined 165 for the two-day competition.
When asked how she felt about state, Wood replied, “I am excited and just overwhelmed.” Wood was welcomed home late Tuesday night to a string of cars along Highway 60 flashing their lights and honking their horns.
The road to state was paved with six regular high school events where Wood won four and finished second in the other two. Wood won the Class 1 District 1 title on Thursday, Oct. 5 after a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay, competing in bad conditions throughout the day. Districts was held at Horton Smith Golf Club in Springfield, MO.
Long before that, Wood was three years old when she received her first set of clubs, a set of plastic clubs from Walmart. After a few times of going with her dad, she wanted a real set of her own.
“She would play at Horton Smith Golf Club, where districts were held, almost every year on her summer tour,” reflected Jeremy Wood. “This past summer she shot a 78 and won first place.”
A big congratulations to Kameryn Wood as she made history bringing home the school’s first girls’ golf state title.
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