5A State Golf

The Pendleton Buckaroos girls golf team will be competing in the 5A state championships Monday and Tuesday in Banks. Team members are, from left, Makenzie McLeod, Gracie Broadfoot, Megan George and Rylee Harris. Not pictured are Chelsea Kendrick and Sarah Powell.

Megan George drove the ball off the tee with power most high school girls do not possess. By the time it landed, you could not help but appreciate her talent.

George, a senior, will lead the Pendleton girls golf team to the 5A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

“They have played very well this year,” Bucks coach Dave Curtis said. “This is only my second year, and I had my top five girls return.”

The Bucks should be in contention for a state team title with George, Rylee Harris and Makenzie McLeod leading the charge. Also making the trip to state are Gracie Broadfoot, Chelsea Kendrick and Sarah Powell.

Pendleton finished second in the team standings in 2016 and 2017, and was fifth last year.

Pendleton will have a practice round Sunday before hitting the links Monday morning.

George was the top golfer in the Intermountain Conference this season (based on average number of strokes per event), with Harris third, McLeod sixth, Broadfoot 14th and Kendrick 15th.

“That is nice to see,” said Curtis, whose team won all four IMC matches this spring.

George, who didn’t start golfing until she was in the eighth grade, is making her fourth trip to state. She was fourth last year, tied for fifth as a sophomore, and was 16th her freshman year in a field of 45 players.

“It’s my final year. I can almost taste it,” George said of a state title.

The last Pendleton girl to win a state golf title was Haley Greg in 2017. Before that, it was McKennon Cimmiyotti in 2008. They are the only two.

George said her short game has been good as of late, but every part of her game is equal when it comes to her strength on the course.

“I really work on it,” George said. “I’m also better with a team. We are all super competitive — some more than others.”

Harris also is making her fourth trip to state. She has not had the same success as George, but she was 22nd last year, while McLeod was 29th.

“I have been playing with my family since I was about 6 years old,” Harris said. “But not competitively until I was in high school. My irons are my most consistent, but lately, my putting has been saving me.”

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