January 21, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MARION – The John A. Logan College women’s golf team added some local talent for next school year with the signing of Marion High School senior Macy Kuhnke on Thursday.

Kuhnke was voted to the Class AA All-South Team following her senior season last fall. She was also an All-South Seven Conference selection for the Wildcats after placing fourth at the league meet with an 87.

Kuhnke averaged 45.8 strokes per nine holes and recorded lows of 37 and 39. Moreover, the senior placed fifth at the Patriot Invitational with an 83 and was the top scorer for the Wildcats in 13 of 17 meets.

Kuhnke also qualified for sectional, but fell short of state qualification. She finished her senior season with seven birdies and 51 pars.

“Macy’s been a strong player for us all four years, especially the last three seasons to win our team MVP award,” said Marion High School golf coach Mary Thomason. “I consider Macy to be a great team leader with a great work ethic. She was always at practice on time and would often stay late. I am confident she will be successful at Logan.”

JALC head coach Bill Glenn said he was pleased to sign the Marion product.

“I’ve known Macy for several years now and have watched her develop into a very solid player. I am convinced that she will put forth the effort to be a good golfer at our level. She has good distance off the tees and manages her game well. Even more important, she seems to have a real love for the game and that will carry her far.”

Kuhnke, who first got interested in golf from her great-grandmother, Wilda, an accomplished player, said she is pleased to have the opportunity to play for Logan.

“I’m sure I will be kind of nervous at first, but I think I will be OK. This is something I have been working toward since I was little. I enjoy playing golf and plan to work hard every day to get ready for next fall.”

The 17-year-old added that her goal is to play four years of college golf.

“I want to be able to use this experience at Logan as a stepping stone to the next level,” she said. “In order to do so, I just have to keep working on my fundamentals.”