GRAFTON—For many high school athletes summer is a time to relax and catch-up on some much needed rest, but this is not the case for one Grafton High School golf standout.
Senior Skyler Rudy has spent her summer working on her craft, as she has played on the Callaway Junior Tour.
Rudy has been a fixture on the GHS sports scene since she arrived her freshman year. But as most would remember it was because of her softball pitching skills.
Rudy was a two year starter for the Lady Bearcats softball team, and a member of the soccer team. That all changed last fall as she had a change of heart, and decided to give up soccer and play golf.
She loved it so much that she decided to give up softball in the spring and continued to work on her golf game. She spent the spring working with Russell Reid, who is the golf pro at the Pines in Morgantown.
When summer began she decided she wanted to try to play on the Callaway Junior Golf Tour.
The Callaway Junior Tour began in 1984, as the 7-Eleven Tour. This tour grew quickly from just a few events into what had become the largest junior golf program in the state in 1994, The Top Flite Junior Tour. In 2013, Callaway became the Presenting sponsor, and now entertains over 300 players every summer.
The Tour offers 22 events throughout the summer and they even host a Par 3 Shootout.
The tour hosts events at the following golf courses and country clubs: Lewisburg C.C., The Resort at Glade Springs, Edgewood C.C., Marietta C.C., Greenhills (Ravenswood), Riverside, Bridgeport C.C., Oglebay Resort, Moundsville C.C., Sleepy Hollow, Locust Hill, The Club at Cress Creek, Bel Meadows, The Pines C.C., Lakeview Resort, Guyan C.C., Esquire, Alpine Lake Resort, Berry Hills C.C., Big Bend and Parkersburg C.C.
This summer Rudy competed in 12 of the 21 events, and placed third overall in the player of the year competition. The player of the year is based on the overall points awarded for finishes during the regular season.
During the regular season, she finished fifth at Greenhills, first at Riverside, first at Bridgeport, fourth at Oglebay, fourth at Moundsville, second at Sleepy Hollow, fifth at Bel Meadows, fourth at Lakeview, fifth at Guyan, fourth at Esquire and first at Alpine Lake.
This season the tour championship was held in Parkersburg with the top 16 girls competing for the top honor.
Rudy shot an impressive 88, which put her in seventh place in the championship round.
“After playing in tournaments all summer, I feel a lot more competitive and confident going in to the school season,” stated Rudy.
This fall Rudy will once again represent GHS on the area golf courses, as she is looking forward to her senior year.
“My goal is to get out of the 80s and into the 70s during my senior year,” said Rudy. “The school season is challenging, as I have to play against both girls and boys on the course. The Callaway Tour gave me the opportunity to play against just girls and test the water for potentially playing at the Collegiate level. But my priority now is to finalize a college major, then select the best school for that major, and explore if golf is an option at that point. Academics are the most important in my decision,” she added.