by Malec Fahmy ‘20
Senior Jordan Koller, looks to finish her final season at Sherwood on a good note at the MPSSAA State Finals before departing for York University in Pennsylvania to play golf in the fall.
At districts, Koller, senior Brad Riley, sophomore Max Ransibrahmanak, and freshman Ronnie Kim ‘21 all qualified to represent the Warriors at states. The state tournament will be on October 23 and 25 at the University of Maryland, College Park Golf Course.
Initially, Koller was almost set to play at Stevenson College, and had been talking to Marymount and Shenandoah colleges, before being contacted last November by York. Now, along with golf, Koller will also attend York on the Presidential Merit Scholarship.
“Last year Coach Boslough [head coach at York] had the job of building a women’s team for next year as it is the inaugural season,” explained Koller. “After I qualified and played in the state tournament, he sent me a letter talking about himself and the school.”
Koller will represent the Spartans in the 2018 inaugural season of York’s women’s golf program. At York, she will have the opportunity to occupy one of the top spots on the new team. As Koller moves onto the next stage of her golfing career, she continues to sharpen her game on her home course, Blue Mash. Over the years, she has also participated in various leagues, like the Mid Atlantic PGA (MAPGA), and multi day tournaments, which have also helped her shape her game into what it is now.
“Junior tours, like the MAPGA, have allowed me to develop my skills as a player in a competitive and fun setting,” said Koller. “Multi-day tournaments gave me experience with playing in a short span of time and taught me how to come back after a bad round.” This type of experience will be very beneficial because Koller knows that every level she moves up, the competition gets harder. Koller will have two other commits, one from North Carolina and another from Virginia going to York with her, and together they will help build up the program with great play.
In golf, the line between succeeding and failing is a very fine line. The little things, like hitting the ball just off your target line can be the difference of having a putt for birdie, or seeing your ball trickle into the hazards. Over her last four years at Sherwood, Koller worked on these types of things while helping to lead the Warriors to states every year since she has been on the team.
“Sherwood has definitely provided the experience of playing on a team and having my score count for everyone rather than myself,” but now Koller believes. “York ended up being the best fit for me.”