Aleana Groenhout has experienced the full range of emotions during her first three seasons on the prep golf course.
A freshman season that included an emotionally taxing introduction to the state tournament, a host of medalist rounds and all-conference honors during her three years on the prep course, the senior leader for the Saints is ready for her final act.
"I was kind of nervous as a freshman," she recalled. "I practiced over the years, continued improving and learning more about the game. It has been a cool ride."
Sophomore Delaney Douglas gives head coach Doug Calvert another bonafide KingCo and state title threat, and has also given him the chance to see Groenhout go from quiet newcomer to the tone-setter of the program.
"The biggest thing she represents is work ethic," Calvert said. "Aleana is a stallion and when she's on, she's phenomenal."
Groenhout said the intensity and uncertainty of the prep golf scene led to a nervous energy she carried throughout that first season. But playing with Douglas has provided an outlet for competition during practice, as well as a new perspective on enjoying the game.
"She has this way to have fun, all the time, when we're on the golf course," Groenhout said of her younger teammate. "I've definitely learned to do that from her." http://www.bellevuereporter.com/sports/252919841.html